Charity Act will Not Be Fully Implemented in Immediate Future

Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence (in whose Department the Charity Unit now sits) said yesterday at a conference in Dublin: “Realistically, I simply cannot see that we are in a position to fully implement the Charities Act on a statutory basis at the moment”.

The Minister acknowledged the importance of the work being done by charities to protect vulnerable people and paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers who participate in this work. Minister Shatter went on to say: “I am currently taking legal advice in terms of what might practicably be done within available resources, but, subject to this legal advice, and particularly given the long-stated desire across the sector for regulation, I would hope that we will be in a position to take steps to enhance the regulation of the sector” “

The Wheel will be working closely with both our colleagues in the sector and with The Minister to see how we can achieve the objectives of the Act – to enhance public confidence in the Irish charities sector by increasing the transparency of Irish charities through a proportionate regulatory framework – in the absence of full implementation

You can find a link to the Ministers speech here:  http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/SP11000216