Friday 19 January 2018

Charities Regulator orders statutory investigation into gay rights charity Glen

Charity Regulator John Farrelly. Photo: Courtpix
Charity Regulator John Farrelly. Photo: Courtpix
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The Charities Regulator John Farrelly is to carry out a statutory investigation into the gay rights charity Glen.

The charity, which is to be wound down, has been at the centre of controversy in recent weeks over allegations relating to its financial management.

The scope of the investigation will include:

  • The administration, governance and financial management of the charity by the charity trustees.
  • Whether charitable assets have been used exclusively for charitable purposes and can be accounted for.

Mr Farrelly said that on April 5 he directed the Board of Glen (under section 53 of the Charities Act 2009) to provide a number of documents.

He has now appointed inspectors to carry out a statutory investigation into the organisation.

“It is important to note that the opening of a statutory investigation is not in itself a finding of any wrongdoing,” he added.

Glen chairman Kieran Rose. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Glen chairman Kieran Rose. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

“Having received and examined these documents, and after examining additional documentation received from the charity, the Authority has determined that a statutory investigation Glen is warranted.

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He said: ”In the public interest, it is the policy of the Charities Regulator to issue a public statement whenever it appoints an inspector to carry out a statutory investigation into a charity, and to publish investigation reports on their completion.”

Last week the external consultant Jillian van Turnhout said based on her analysis there was “no misappropriation of funds” at the charity.

She was commissioned by the board of Glen to look at issues such as governance.

She said seven credit cards were in use by staff at Glen.

She said the manner in which the credit cards were used amounted to “extremely poor practice” but that nobody benefited materially and there was “no misappropriation of funds.”

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