Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (206)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

206. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his Department has had contact with the Charities Regulator with regard to its review of State agencies that also hold charitable status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27119/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Charities Regulator is an independent authority and was established in October 2014 under the Charities Act 2009. The key functions of the Regulator are to establish and maintain a public register of charitable organisations operating in Ireland and ensure their compliance with the Charities Acts. I have no function in this matter.

In line with section 40 of the Charities Act 2009, all organisations which had been granted charitable status by the Revenue Commissioners when the Charities Regulator was established in October 2014 were automatically entered on the Register of Charities.  I understand that there are a number such charities on the Register of Charities which currently provide government services and/or which are statutory bodies.

Under its business plan for 2018 the Charities Regulator plans to carry out a number of targeted sector reviews, which may include charities which are statutory bodies.

The Charities Regulator’s 2018 business plan also includes the publication of a sectoral report, based on an analysis of data held on the Charities Register. This report will analyse issues such as the income and expenditure of the sector, overall economic and social impacts, legal structure and governance, and charitable donations. This report is scheduled for publication during the third quarter of 2018.