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Gate Theatre appoints independent adviser to examine Michael Colgan allegations

The Gate Theatre has appointed an independent adviser to investigate allegations against its former director Michael Colgan.

In a statement, the theatre said it takes recent allegations and reports in relation to alleged "inappropriate behaviour and abuse of power" by Mr Colgan "extremely seriously".

So far Mr Colgan has not responded to the allegations.

The Gate Theatre announced on Thursday that Gaye Cunningham - a Rights Commissioner since 2008 - has been appointed to conduct an independent review of the allegations.

The Gate said Ms Cunningham will deal with any complaints "in a confidential and transparent manner" while "allowing for due process to all parties concerned".

Ms Cunningham is to commence her work immediately and will report back to the board of the Gate in January 2018.

"It is essential to the Gate's culture, and its future, that anyone who works for it, or has any dealings with it, is treated with respect and is not subjected to harassment, bullying or discrimination of any type," a spokesman said.

He added: "We have listened to the views of the people who have come forward in recent days, as well as various other stakeholders, and taken on board the concerns and feedback expressed.

"We are fully committed to taking the necessary steps to deal professionally and compassionately with the issues arising."

Ms Cunningham is to contact any current or former staff members who have spoken out on the record.

Other people wishing to come forward with concerns can contact Ms Cunningham directly via cunninghamconfidential@outlook.ie.

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