Friday 19 January 2018

Red Cross whistleblower joins charities regulator

Daniel McConnell Political Correspondent

FORMER Irish Red Cross whistleblower Noel Wardick and Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay have been named on the Government's new Charities Regulatory Authority.

Following a spate of charity scandals involving Rehab and the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), Justice Minister Alan Shatter made the announcement last night.

The 16-person, independent body will be tasked with regulating the charity sector, and Mr Shatter said it would play an essential role in "the restoration and maintenance of public trust and confidence in our charities".

He added that charity work across many sectors "makes such a crucial and highly-valued contribution to our economy and society."

Accountant Conor Woods is to be appointed as chairperson of the new authority, while Graham Richards is to be charity commissioner. He is a consultant at Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors with expertise in the area of trusts and estates.

The announcement follows the March appointment of Una Ni Dhubhghaill as chief executive of the new authority.

Irish Independent

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