Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Questions (200)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

200. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of appeals heard by the Charity Appeals Tribunal to date; the status of the outcome of the appeals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21564/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Section 75 (1) of the Charities Act 2009 provides for the establishment of the Charities Appeal Tribunal. The role of the Charity Appeals Tribunal is to hear and adjudicate on appeals against certain decisions of the Charities Regulatory Authority (the ‘Charities Regulator’).

I have recently consented to the making of the rules for the Appeals Tribunal to conduct future appeals. I am advised that the Chairperson of the Appeal Tribunal is satisfied with same and it is anticipated that he will formally sign off on these Rules shortly.

The Tribunal will be required as far as practicable to ensure that appeals are dealt with and determined expeditiously. My Department estimates that there will be a small number of appeals made to the Tribunal annually.