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The Charities Regulator was established in 2014 and is an independent authority. We are Ireland's national statutory regulator for charitable organisations

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In this section, you can find useful information on how to search for a charity and how to raise a concern. You can also review ‘Our News’ to find out about our activities and events

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In this section you will find our corporate and research reports as well as a range of guidance and resources to help make sure Ireland’s charities are well governed.


Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into effect on 21 April 1998 and was enacted on 14 October 2014. Under FOI you have a right to: access records held by a government department or certain public bodies; request correction of personal information relating to you held by a government department or certain public bodies where it is inaccurate, incomplete or misleading; obtain reasons for a decision made by a government department or certain public bodies where the decision affects you

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information by the body in conformity with a model publication scheme and guidelines made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in October 2014. This approach allows for the publication or giving of records outside of FOI provided that such publication or giving of access is not prohibited by law. Furthermore, all FOI bodies are required to publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of FOI, having regard to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability as set out in Sections 8(5) and 11(3) of the FOI Act 2014 and having regard to the Code of Conduct which was drawn up in accordance with Section 48 of that Act.

Publication Scheme Prepared by the Charities Regulator

The Charities Regulator has prepared its FOI Publication Scheme in accordance with the Model Publication Scheme and guidelines made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. This Scheme commits the Charities Regulator to make information available as part of its normal business activities. Publication of documents which are not exempt under the Scheme is in line with the intention of the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information, and the obligation under that Directive to publish information and ensure that it is accessible and re-usable for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

In preparing its Scheme, the Charities Regulator has had regard to the public interest in:

(a) Allowing public access to information held by the Charities Regulator;

(b) The publication of reasons for decisions made by the Charities Regulator; and

(c) Publishing information of relevance or interest to the general public in relation to the Charities Regulator’s activities and functions generally.

Publication Format

The Information in the Scheme has been grouped into six classes listed in the Model Publication Scheme and guidelines by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. These six classes are: 

6 Classes of the Publication Scheme

Information about the FOI Body

Services Provided or to be Provided to the Public

Decision Making process for major policy proposals


Financial Information




FOI Disclosure Log and Other Information to be Published Routinely


In addition to publishing the scheme on the Charities Regulator website, Section 8(6) of the FOI Act provides that a printed version of the basic scheme should be available at the offices of the Charities Regulator for a member of the public to view during normal office hours. Should a member of the public wish to view the printed version of the basic scheme, they can contact the FOI Unit at to arrange an appointment to this effect.