Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ceisteanna (20)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

20. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of applications received and consents given by the Charities Regulator pursuant to the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002 and-or the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012; the locations and acreage of the lands and premises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50638/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

My Department has overall policy responsibility for the Charities Regulator. However, the Charities Regulator is fully independent in the performance of its statutory functions, including its consent to the disposition of charity lands.

 The Charities Regulator has two main obligations in the sale of lands in these cases:

1. To ensure market value is obtained for the land/property

2. To ensure the proceeds go towards charitable purpose(s)

There have been a total of 10 applications, pursuant to the 2002 and the 2012 Acts, considered from 2014 to 2018 inclusive, with consent being granted in 7 cases.  Applications were made and consents granted prior to 2014, but they were not granted by the Charities Regulator as they pre-date the Regulator’s powers.

Details of the location and acreage of the applications concerned have been requested by my Department and the documentation is currently being retrieved from storage.  The consent of the Board of the Charities Regulator would be required to release any such information.

The following revised reply was received on 12 December 2019.

My Department has overall policy responsibility for the Charities Regulator. However, the Charities Regulator is fully independent in the performance of its statutory functions, including its consent to the disposition of charity lands.

The Charities Regulator has two main obligations in the sale of lands in these cases:

1.To ensure market value is obtained for the land/property

2.To ensure the proceeds go towards charitable purpose(s)

There have been a total of 11 applications, pursuant to the 2002 and the 2012 Acts, considered from 2014 to 2018 inclusive, with consent being granted in 7 cases. Applications were made and consents granted prior to 2014, but they were not granted by the Charities Regulator as they pre-date the Regulator’s powers.

Details of the location and acreage of the applications concerned have been requested by my Department and the documentation is currently being retrieved from storage. The consent of the Board of the Charities Regulator would be required to release any such information.