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Concern welcomes Charities Act 2009

“The Charities Act 2009 is both necessary and welcome at a time when there is a strong public appetite for transparency and accountability,” says Concern CEO, Tom Arnold.

Concern Worldwide welcomes the signing into law of the Charities Act 2009 by President Mary McAleese last Saturday, 28 February. This followed the recent passage of the Charities Bill 2007 through both Houses of the Oireachtas.

Transparency and accountability

“At any time, but particularly in the present economic and financial environment, the status and purpose of all genuine charitable organisations should be unambiguous, sincere and to the public benefit,” said Tom Arnold. “Concern is fully supportive of the passing of the act and its imminent implementation. Concern’s accounts and other key documents are readily available on our website and in print and, indeed, we have consistently won awards for our Annual Report.”

Codes of good practice

Amongst the provisions in the act are a new register of charities and the establishment of a Charities Regulatory Authority with powers of investigation and censure, with recourse to a Charity Appeals Tribunal. Also included in the provisions are the filing of annual activity reports and the regulation of fundraising activities through codes of good practice. The act also includes guidelines and restrictions relating to on-street fundraising.

Tom continued: “Fundraising and spending activities should be as transparent as possible, providing clear markers for accountability to the Irish people who, time and again, have proved themselves to be amongst the most generous donors in the world.”

The legislation is available here

For further information:

Paul O’Mahony, Concern Worldwide Press Office

Telephone 01 417 7750

Email [email protected]