Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed the setting up of a public consultation process on the establishment of a Charity Regulator Office. Deputy Kennedy has said she ‘strongly supported’ regulation in the charity sector.
She commented, “The promise to introduce legislation to regulate the Irish charity sector was a commitment made in the Programme for Government and I am delighted to see that we are now honouring that commitment with this public consultation process. ”
Last year the Fine Gael Internal Justice Committee, which Deputy Corcoran Kennedy chaired, met with groups lobbying for regulation in the charity sector and subsequently made recommendations to the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.
As part of the consultation process, all Irish charities will be encouraged to contribute actively and positively with a view to making final decisions on the establishment of a new charities regulatory authority.
“There must be full transparency and accountability for all charities who operate in this country and I would strongly encourage all charities to engage in a constructive manner with the public consultation process,” she concluded.