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Niamh Smyth said that all allegations needed to be investigated, and the women who made them should be supported and offered counselling and advice.
She said there had to be a zero tolerance approach to bullying and sexual harassment of any kind.
Last week, a number of Irish theatre organisations, including the Gate, released a statement saying they noted developments and allegations in the entertainment industries in the US and UK.
That statement said the organisations strongly condemned sexual harassment and abuse of power in the theatre in Ireland and internationally, and that this kind of behaviour was always utterly inappropriate.
It said theatres, like any work environment, needed to be safe spaces for everyone, and the organisations said they were committed to supporting those who speak out and to listen closely and carefully when they do.
Shortly after that a woman published a blog post in which she made allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
The Gate Theatre has said that any person who has been in their employment, or contracted by them who wish to speak to them about any concerns they have in relation to sexual harassment and abuse of power, can contact them. It can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gate Theatre has appointed an independent professional HR advisor to handle any issues raised.