Thursday 14 December 2017

Shatter vows to fast-track charities regulator

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Alan Shatter has vowed to establish a Charities Regulator by the end of next month as the scandal surrounding the Central Remedial Clinic intensified.

The Justice Minister said an interim chief executive will be appointed ahead of the establish-ment of a full Charities Regulatory Authority before Easter.

Mr Shatter said the body will be essential in rebuilding the public trust and confidence in charities which has been "understandably damaged" in recent weeks.

The Fine Gael minister confirmed that funding for the establishment of the regulator has been approved by the Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and that the process to appoint a full board will begin next week.

REVELATIONS

"The recent revelations about certain organisations in the charitable sector have understandably damaged public trust and confidence," Mr Shatter said.

"The commencement of the key measures in the Charities Act will provide the increased transparency and accountability that will allow this trust to be rebuilt," he added.

The regulator will be tasked with immediately setting up a statutory register of charities. Registered organisations will be legally obliged to provide annual reports on their activities, which will be made available to the public.

This will increase transparency and accountability, while ensuring the good management critical to a charity sector that commands trust from donors and beneficiaries, according to the Department of Justice.

Irish Independent

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