Wednesday 24 January 2018

Charities must finally open up

As we report today, several prominent charities, including many which receive public funding, have refused to disclose the pay of their chief executives.

Among the well-known charities refusing to make such a disclosure are Bothar, Focus Ireland, the ISPCC and Self Help Africa, all of which receive state funding, and UNICEF and the Children's Medical and Research Foundation, which do not.

These charities were among 30 canvassed by the Irish Independent as part of our investigation into how charities spend the money which they receive from the State and through donations from the general public. We shouldn't have to do this. The 2009 Charities Act provided for the establishment of a Charities Regulator while the Department of Justice's 2012 budget also includes €400,000 for charities regulation. However, Justice Minister Alan Shatter is refusing to establish a Charities Regulator, claiming that it would be "too costly" given the financial constraints of the EU/IMF bailout. Regardless of Mr Shatter's foot-dragging, individual charities don't have to wait for the establishment of a statutory Charities Regulator.

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