A founding member of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) has stepped down in the wake of controversy over financial irregularities at the charity.

Kieran Rose said he is resigning as an aspect of Glen's support to him in 2016 "is causing a distraction to the work of Glen and to other issues that are under review by the Charities Regulator."

His resignation comes after the Charities Regulator directed Glen to provide specific information including financial reports, details of staff credit cards and the report of an independent auditor.

The direction stretches back three years to 2014.

Mr Rose said he received "temporary support" of approximately €11,500 from the organisation last year to support his campaign for a seat in the Seanad.

He said that at no point did he attempt not to disclose the funding, and said any breach of regulations was "completely inadvertent".

He added that he informed the board and tendered his resignation in December 2016, but he was asked to remain in his role due to his role as a co-founder of the organisation.

Earlier this week Áine Duggan stepped down from her role as executive director at Glen due to irregularities with regard to the organisation's governance and financial management.