Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said revelations by Justice Minister Alan Shatter TD about the Rehab organisation, information he said the Minister possessed for some time, had shocked people.
Saying a lack of charities regulation was doing untold damage to charities and those who depend on them, Mr Adams pointed out that the Government had refused for three years to implement the Charities Act 2009 and had resisted Sinn Féin efforts to get it to do so.
He said the refusal by the Rehab CEO to declare her salary and a general lack of transparency around remuneration needed to be addressed.
Gerry Adams said:
“Recent scandals such as that at the CRC and now major question marks over the fundraising at Rehab are causing enormous disquiet.
“In 2009, Fianna Fáil passed legislation claiming to regulate the charities sector but never implemented it.
“In February 2012, my colleague Padráig Mac Lochlainn TD asked Minister Shatter why the Act was not being implemented.
“In his reply Minister Shatter said: ‘It was not practicable to proceed with the full implementation of the Act at this time given the financial and staffing resources that would have been required, hence the implementation of the Act has been deferred.
“His reply further claimed that ‘it is not the fact that the charities in Ireland are devoid of oversight."
The Sinn Féin Leader asked the Taoiseach to support Sinn Fein’s Bill to implement all provisions of the Charities Act 2009.
He also asked if the Taoiseach agreed with him that the refusal thus far by the CEO at Rehab to declare her salary and the general lack of transparency about remuneration, where it exists, needed to be addressed.