Sinn Féin justice spokesperson, Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, this evening expressed his disappointment at the government’s rejection of the Sinn Féin Charities (Amendment) Bill, which was put to a vote during Private Members Business. Deputy MacLochlainn called on the government to implement in full the provisions of the 2009 legislation.
“Sinn Féin here presented a short and simple bill, which is of the utmost importance not only to charities but also to the public in what has escalated to a crisis following the CRC scandal.
“This bill sought to ensure the implementation of the 2009 Charities Act, which Fianna Fáil, and this government after them, failed to implement, thereby failing the charities and public confidence in them.
“The damage which has been inflicted on this sector is immeasurable and we as legislators need to move quickly to help these charities as soon as possible.
“We in Sinn Féin are very disappointed that the Government has failed to support our bill. This rejection is indicative of the foot dragging which brought this already difficult situation into a further crisis.”