Charity regulator releases strategy statement for next three years

Charity regulator releases strategy statement for next three years

The Charities Regulator have said it is their aim to make sure Ireland has a vibrant and trusted charity sector.

Launching a statement this morning they said it is their aim to ensure all charities are complying with the law.

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said it was an important statement given the recent 'disturbing and extraordinary' revelations about Console.

“The regulation of the charity sector will secure its future and protect it against exploitation by unscrupulous, unprincipled and unethical individuals.

“There are many fine charitable organisations working in Ireland today.

“They are rightly proud of the work they do and the public are immensely supportive and grateful for that work.

“Without their commitment, drive and enthusiasm, Irish society would be immeasurably poorer."

Chairperson of the Board of the Charities Regulator, Paddy Hopkins, also speaking at the event said: “It outlines our vision on how we will implement the core objectives over the next three years and ensure that the public have trust in the sector.”

Also speaking at the launch, CEO of the Charities Regulator, John Farrelly, said: “This document is crucial for the development of fair and strong regulation in the charity sector.

“It is my determination that as a Regulator, we will implement the law without fear or favour to ensure that the best interests of the public are served."

In the statement, the regulator stipulates that they aim to apply the law so that good charities flourish.

The regulator, which was established in 2014, is made up of 15 members has outlined the vision for the body which is “a vibrant, trusted charity sector that is valued for the public benefit it provides.”

The body outlined its values to be independence, fairness, openness, proportionality, learning and engagement.

The strategic objectives of the report are a four pronged process: One registration and reporting, two compliance and investigation, three stakeholder engagement and four an effective and efficient organisation.


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