Regulating sector 'a challenge not to be underestimated'
Regulating the charity sector is "a challenge and the scale of the job is not to be underestimated", Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil.
The Justice Minister has praised a motion from the Social Democrats seeking a single anti-corruption agency to investigate alleged wrongdoings such as those in Console - but added that the Charity Regulator and gardaí would be properly resourced to probe such cases.
Ms Fitzgerald said: "I want to send out a very clear message. The proceeds of people's good will, the money they donate to charity for the benefit of those less fortunate than themselves, is not and will never be easy pickings for fraud. It will not be tolerated."
She added that Ireland had a "proud and noble" tradition of volunteering and charitable giving and that should not be taken for granted.
"The public must have confidence that the money they donate to charity will be managed and used correctly at all times.
"Anything less is a betrayal of the goodwill of thousands of people around the country and of the taxpayer," the Justice Minister said.
The Social Democrats' motion also called on the Government to undertake a review of the governance and public funds disbursed to charities.