Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (124)

Jim O'Keeffe

Ceist:

211 Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the position in relation to the reform of the law on charities; and his proposals in this regard. [2989/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

At the end of last year, the Government approved a proposed consultation paper on establishing a modern statutory framework for charities which had been prepared within my Department.

The electronic version of the consultation paper, together with the related press release, have been posted on my Department's website,www.pobail.ie, since 17 December 2003, in anticipation of the public consultation which I expect to be announcing in the very near future. The charities regulation webpage is currently being redesigned, and my plan is that it will go live at the same time as the public consultation is launched.

The consultation paper is intended to serve as a reference document for the public consultation. The outcome of the public consultation will, in turn, inform the development of the draft legislation.