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Keith Duffy hits out at Irish Autism Action charity


Keith Duffy has hit out at the Irish Autism Action charity, citing that he never received any thanks for his efforts.

The singer, who’s daughter Mia has autism, campaigned for the charity for 14 years – but sadly left feeling under appreciated, after his extensive work with the foundation.

“After all I had done, when I did step down, I didn’t even receive as much as a thank you card, or my wife never even received as much as a bunch of flowers,” he told the Herald.

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The news comes after the charity’s new CEO, Brian Murnane, allegedly claimed at an Irish Autism Mammies meeting that while Keith helped raise €8million for the Irish Autism Action, it cost €7million to raise.

“The point I was trying to make was that was a gross revenue figure and I would also say an approximate figure and that’s also a figure that’s been raised over more than 10 years. But it’s a gross figure. What the true net figure is, is actually more difficult to estimate,” the IAA CEO told the Irish Examiner.

Now, the Herald has revealed that Brian Murnane has denied the allegations, and insisted that he did not make that comment regarding Keith Duffy – and now Keith is said to be taking legal advice.

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The 41-year-old, who stepped down from his role with the charity last February, admitted that he’s been left disheartened as he “worked passionately and voluntarily” for over 10 years.

“I’m not sure how to react to this. I worked passionately and voluntarily for 14 years. I gave my time and heart freely to help other families like mine, with a child with autism.

“I stepped down as patron (of the IAA) because after all the years of fundraising and charity work done, I had no relationship with any members of the committee and they just expected and took for granted my time and efforts,” he added.