Minister to Consult on Objectives of Charities Act

The fate of the Charities Act 2009 was debated in the Seanad on Wednesday, 19 September in a motion proposed by Senator John Whelan and Senator Lorraine Higgins on behalf of the Labour Party.  Minister Kathleen Lynch represented Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD (who has responsibility for implementing the Charities Act) and noted that the Minister intends to consult in the coming months on how the objectives of the Act can be progressed in the light of current budgetary circumstances. 

The Minister reiterated that it remained Government policy to implement the Act, and that delay in implementation was simply down to their being insufficient resources to enable establishment of the Charity Regulator on which full implementation of the Act depends.

The Wheel will be consulting with our members when the Government formally launches its consultation exercise.

In a very lively debate that saw positive contributions from Senators John Whelan, Lorraine Higgins, Labhras O'Morchu, Jillian Van Turnhout, Feargal Quinn, Ivana Bacik, David Cullinane, Cait Keane, Denis Landy and Jimmy Harte, there was unanimous praise for the critical work that Ireland's 7,900 charities are doing and a unanimous call for the Government to prioritise implementation of the Charities Act 2009 so that this important work can continue to benefit in full from the trust and confidence of the general public. 

The Minister also called on all charities that fundraise from the public to adopt the Guiding Principles for Fundraising (see www.ictr.ie for details). The Wheel will be consulting with our members when the Government formally launches its consultation exercise.

If you would like further information on the Charities Act or on the content of the Minister's speech, please contact The Wheel's Director of Advocacy, Ivan Cooper at ivan@wheel.ie