Northern Irish organisation goes to charity tribunal in fight to deregister

Phennick Cove Developments Ltd wants to come off the register, but the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland claims it had previously applied to be on it

Ardglass Marina
Ardglass Marina

A Northern Irish organisation is fighting to be removed from the charity register, according to court documents published by the Northern Ireland charity tribunal.

Phennick Cove Developments Ltd, which oversees the development and running of the marina in Ardglass, County Down, launched an appeal in June against the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s decision to register it as a charity in April.

According to directions issued by Damien McMahon, the charity tribunal judge, the CCNI said that PCD had previously applied to join the register. McMahon ordered the regulator to provide evidence to back this claim after a pre-hearing review last month.

A spokeswoman for the CCNI told Third Sector she could not comment on the case while it was ongoing.

She said: "The tribunal is the right and proper place for decisions of the commission to be appealed or formally reviewed and we look forward to the tribunal’s consideration and decision in due course."

A full hearing is due to take place between 25 September and 20 October.

PCD was set up by the Ardglass Development Association in 1994 using a grant from the peace organisation the International Fund for Ireland.

ADA declined to comment and Third Sector was unable to reach PCD for comment.

Charity registration for Northern Ireland has been a requirement only since 2013, so many organisations that have been operating as charities have not yet completed the registration process. There are currently 4,017 charities on the register, with more than half of them added in the past year.

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