Charities Bill Now Enacted

The Charities Bill was signed into law by the President on Saturday, 28 February. Minister of State, John Curran, has indicated that the Act will be implemented in stages and full implementation could take up to two years.

When fully commenced, the Bill will provide comprehensive regulation for charities, with each required to register with the Charity Regulator. In addition, charities that fundraise directly from the public will be expected to comply with detailed codes or practice, which are currently being developed.

The most significant fundraising-related amendments to the now enacted Bill include:

  • There will be a range of new requirements that will apply to both cash and non-cash collectors. Similar general requirements will now apply for all collectors - cash and non cash - including such things as the wearing of garments, the display of charity details, the purpose of the collection etc.
  • Applications for both cash and non-cash fundraising collection-permits will be afforded equal treatment.
  • Charities will be able to apply for fundraising permits up to 12 months in advance of the proposed collection.
  • Charities will have to show their charity name and number on collectors garments and on collection boxes.
  • The sale of pre-signed mass-cards will be regulated.

Research conducted by The Wheel, a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland, has found that 92% of Irish people agree that there should be a regulator for charities in Ireland, and that accountability and cost-effectiveness are the two main reasons why people think there should be a charity regulator.

View The Wheel’s four minute video summary of the Bill here.