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Claims against former artistic director of Dublin’s Gate were ‘credible and consistent’

Michael Colgan, previous artistic director of Dublin's Gate Theatre Michael Colgan, previous artistic director of Dublin's Gate Theatre
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A review into claims of inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power by former Gate Theatre boss Michael Colgan has found the allegations were “credible and consistent”.

It also said the former artistic director of the Dublin-based venue has “a case to answer”.

Controversy has dogged Colgan since allegations of bullying and intimidation emerged shortly after he stepped down from leading the city-centre venue in late 2017 after more than 30 years.

Led by workplace relations expert Gaye Cunningham, the independent review received 56 responses from former and current employees, board members and freelance workers.

Among the review’s 14 recommendations, it said: “Michael Colgan has a case to answer in respect to dignity at work issues, abuse of power and inappropriate behaviours, and the board should consider what action, if any, should be taken, acknowledging that he is no longer an employee”.

It also recommended that “the resignations from the board scheduled for 2018 should be fast-tracked to within three months of the date of this report”.

In a statement, the theatre said it “apologises unreservedly” to those affected by Colgan’s behaviour and the failure of its internal grievance procedures.

Accepting the recommendations in full, it added: “The board is committed to putting in place the structures and procedures to ensure a safe and supportive workplace environment for everyone in the organisation. From now on, the Gate Theatre will uphold a zero-tolerance policy on inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.”