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Sinn Féin introduce bill to enact Charities Bill 2009 - MacLochlainn

16 January, 2014 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin's Justice and Equality Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn today moved the Charities (Amendment) Bill 2014 on behalf of Sinn Féin.

Speaking in Leinster House Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

"The Charities Act 2009 was enacted to reform the law relating to charities in order to ensure greater accountability and protect against abuse of charitable status and fraud. It aimed to enhance public trust and confidence in charities and to increase transparency in the Irish community and voluntary sector.

"The recent scandalous revelations about the pay and bonuses of senior executives in some charities throws into sharp focus, again, the need for regulation within the charity sector.

“Those scandals unfortunately impacted on the fundraising campaigns of charities who had done no wrong whatsoever ahead of the Christmas period. This in turn has had a knock on effect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

"Minister Shatter in November 2011 announced that he was putting on hold the full implementation of the Charities Act due to the costs associated with setting up the regulator. This is not good enough.

"Our bill is calling for all provisions of the bill to be fully enacted by 31st May 2014. We are also amending the 2009 act to include the advancement of human rights in the definition of charitable status.

“The omission of human rights as a charitable purpose is a systematic and concerted assault on the human rights architecture of this State.

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