BREAKING NEWS: Green light for Charity Regulator is good news for the public and charities

The Wheel  welcomes the announcement today by Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD that Government has approved plans to establish and independent Charities Regulatory Authority. The new Authority will come into operation in 2014.

Commenting on today’s announced, The Wheel’s Director of Advocacy Ivan Cooper said: “This is good news for both the public and charities. When the regulator is established, members of the public will for the first time have access to comprehensive information on the activities of all of Ireland’s 8,000 charities, including how they use their funds. Charities will themselves enjoy clarity on what the requirement are in relation to governance standards, fundraising practices and reporting requirements. All in all everyone - charities, members of the public and beneficiaries - will benefit from the increased transparency and accountability that regulation of charities will provide,” said Mr Cooper.

Mr Cooper added: “Charities have been calling for regulation of the sector for many years now and we are looking forward to working with the regular to ensure that the regulatory framework supports the work of charities.”

In February, the Government embarked on a public and stakeholder consultation on the implementation of the Charities Act 2009. The Department of Justice and Equality today also published a summary report of submissions received.

You can read the Minister's full statement here.
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