Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (205)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

205. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of Pobal's proposed review into its charity status; if the review will be conducted in-house; the timeline for completion of the review; if his Department or the Office of the Attorney General has an input into the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27118/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

Pobal is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.  Charitable status was granted to the company by the Revenue Commissioners on the 20th November 1996.  In accordance with Section 40 of the Charities Act, 2009, Pobal was entered onto the Register of Charitable Organisations automatically on 16 October 2014. 

Notwithstanding this, Pobal has informed my Department that it has engaged a firm of Solicitors to conduct an independent review of its charitable status.  The work is now underway and it is expected that the review will take 3-4 months. 

The board of Pobal will communicate the outcome of the review to my Department through the existing corporate governance and oversight arrangements.  The Charities Regulator has been informed of the process.