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Press Release

Minister Canney launches the Charities Regulator’s Statement Of Strategy 2019-2021

Published: 12 June 2019
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today formally launched the new Statement of Strategy of the Charities Regulatory Authority.

The Charities Regulator is an independent authority, established in October 2014 primarily to set up and maintain a public register of charitable organisations operating in Ireland and ensure their compliance with the Charities Acts. There are now in excess of 10,000 charities on the Register.

Minister Canney, launching the new Strategy commented:

“In order for the charity sector to prosper and continue to contribute to the communities in which they operate, it is essential that the public have confidence in the regulator’s authority.”

The new Strategy will cover the three year period 2019 to 2021. It is the second Strategy since the establishment of the Regulator and aims to build on the achievements of the first strategy and will further strengthen the accountability of the charities sector. The Strategy identifies four strategic priorities including:

  • strengthening of confidence,
  • proportionate risk-based regulation and protection,
  • compliance and
  • operational efficiency.

While welcoming the publication of the new Strategy, Minister Canney commented:

“The Strategy presents a clear and comprehensive vision for the regulation and development of the Charity Sector. The objectives and goals outlined in the Strategy provide for a comprehensive map forward for the Regulator and builds on the solid foundations that have been put in place over recent years. Importantly, the Strategy has been developed in consultation with stakeholders and is based on independent research and analysis of the charity sector."

The full statement of strategy is available at: https://www.charitiesregulator.ie/media/1742/statement-of-strategy-2019-2021.pdf .