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Nov. 6, 2017, 8:34 a.m.
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A number of women have been speaking out about alleged incidents involving Mr Colgan, who was a hugely influential figure in theatre and the arts in Ireland before his retirement from his role at the Gate earlier this year.
A statement from Nicholas Kearns, Trustee of the Gate Theatre, on behalf of himself and Martin McAleese, who is also a trustee, said: "While the management of the Gate is a matter for its board, the trustees of the theatre are deeply concerned about allegations made against its former artistic director.
"We welcome actions taken by the board to investigate these allegations and its efforts to ensure that a safe and respectful working environment exists for all who work in the theatre."
Mr Colgan told RTÉ News yesterday that he will be issuing a statement in response to the allegations. However, he did not say when he would do this.
Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys has released a statement in which she said "HR issues at the Gate Theatre are a matter for the management and board".
The statement continued that it was up to each workplace to operate best practice on sexual harassment as outlined by law.
"I would strongly encourage any victims of sexual harassment at the Gate Theatre and any other organisation to come forward, although I remain acutely aware that it takes considerable courage to do so," Ms Humphries said.
Last week, the Gate Theatre 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.
The theatre said it intended to appoint an independent professional HR advisor to handle any issues raised.
It said the Gate’s board and management condemn the issue of sexual harassment and abuse of power in the theatre world.
Also, last month 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.
Those allegations began with harassment claims against Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein.