John Gallagher: Never been a better time to give charities a helping hand
THE State's decision to simplify rules governing tax relief on charitable donations could not have come at a better time. The recession is biting hard. Many individuals, families and disadvantaged groups are struggling to survive.
Charities, by virtue of their more flexible structures, are in many cases better-placed to provide an effective response than state bodies and organisations dealing with the same issues.
The tax proposals are welcome news for Ireland's charity sector and the people it serves. This initiative, part of a larger Finance Bill, recognises the vital role that charities play in Irish society, particularly in the present economic climate. It also acknowledges the importance of donations to charity by the public.