Charity regulator mooted for Ireland

The Irish government has published a bill that aims to ensure charities in the state are fully compliant with their legal obligations and better administered.

The Charities Bill 2007 will also, for the first time, define “charitable purpose” in primary legislation. It proposes an independent Charities Regulatory Authority to ensue compliance and “encourage better administration”, a register of charities.

The bill is now set to be debated in the Dáil, Ireland’s lower house of parliament, though a date has not yet been set.

Noel Ahern, minister of state at the department of community, rural and Gaeltacht affairs, said: “The purpose of the bill is to deliver reform of the law relating to charities in order to ensure accountability and to protect against abuse of charitable status and fraud.”

He added that the bill, when enacted, would “boost public confidence in the sector through increased transparency and proportionate regulation”.

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