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2 News: Charities Act deferred, philanthropy report

Asked by Padraig Mac Lochlainn (SF, Donegal NE) about progress in implementing the Charities Act, 2009, the Minister for Justice & Equality Alan Shatter told the Dail that it was challenging, granted the moratorium on public service recruitment (Dail Eireann, Debates, 15th February 2012, 897-8).  The government was committed to reducing public service numbers and reducing the number of state bodies.  On balance he had concluded that it was not practicable to proceed with the full implementation of the Act, so it was deferred.  In the meantime, there was oversight of charities through the Revenue Commissioners, the Companies Registration Office and his department was supporting the development of new guidelines and code of practice for fund-raising, so the sector would not be unregulated pending implementation of the 2009 Act when circumstances permitted.


The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, reported to David Stanton (FG, Cork E) on the work of the forum on philanthropy (Dail Eireann, Debates, 2nd February 2012, 115-116).  The forum, he said, had on 15th November last set a target to increase philanthropic giving by 10% annually from its present level of €500m to €800m by 2016.  Its final report included an implementation plan for a national giving campaign, improving the fiscal environment and infrastructure for giving, developing fund-raising capacity and creating a national social innovation fund and he planned to bring the report to cabinet and publish it.