Unregistered charity shops forced to shut by watchdog
A number of charity shops have been forced to change their name or close following registration issues investigated by the Charities Regulator.
Interventions by the charity watchdog have led to one shop owner being prosecuted, three ceasing to trade and a further seven no longer marketing themselves as charity shops.
The watchdog said it had successfully managed to have one shop owner prosecuted in February 2017 at Sligo District Court.
Meanwhile, three others have closed following 'cease and desist' letters by the watchdog and seven more have amended their shop fronts to make it clear that they are not charities.
"All charity shops must operate as part of a registered charity and all proceeds must go towards that charity's charitable purpose," Charities Regulator chief executive John Farrelly said.
He added that citizens should make him aware of any shops they were suspicious of.