Appointment of the Chief Executive Designate of the Charities Regulatory Authority

4 March 2014

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter has announced Úna Ní Dhubhghaill as the first Chief Executive Designate of the Charities Regulatory Authority. Her designation by the Minister follows an internal competitive recruitment process and is effective from March 1st 2014.

Ms Ní Dhubhghaill is currently serving as a Principal Officer in the Charities Regulation Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality.

The Charities Regulatory Authority will be formally established later this year under the terms of the Charities Act 2009 and will be an independent state agency of the Department of Justice and Equality. In addition to the Chief Executive, an initial staff of ten is to be assigned to the Charities Regulatory Authority from within the existing staff of the Department of Justice and Equality.

It is the intention of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence to appoint a Chairperson and Board of the Charities Regulatory Authority by Easter 2014.

Currently there are a number of provisions of the Charities Act, 2009 which have still to be enacted. The Charities (Amendment) Bill 2014 once enacted will provide for the full implementation of the unenacted provisions of the Charities Act 2009 and related matters by the 31 May, 2014 and in addition will include the “advancement of human rights” as a charitable purpose within the existing definition of charitable purpose in Section 3 of the Charities Act, 2009. This amendment reflects the situation in other jurisdictions where it is widely accepted that the “advancement of human rights” is a charitable purpose.

We will keep you updated in relation to the Charities (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority as matters progress.

For further information on this topic please contact Joy Compton, Associate, Corporate, E jcompton@efc.ie

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