The Charities Regulator is an independent authority, established on a statutory basis in 2014 by the Minister of Justice and Equality in accordance with the Charities Act 2009.
On 26 July 2017 the Charities Regulatory Authority (transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order was commenced. Functions that were previously vested in the Minister for Justice and Equality were then transferred to the Minister for Rural and Community Development.
The Charities Regulator comprises an Authority (which currently has 12 members), 4 Sub-Committees, a Chief Executive Officer, and an Executive Management Team who oversee 5 individual Business Units.
Our key functions include the establishment and maintenance of a public register of charitable organisations operating in the Republic of Ireland, and ensuring their compliance with the Charities Acts. We also engage in the provision of services to charities including the authorising of appointments of new charitable trustees, authorisation of Cy-Près schemes and disposition of lands held upon charitable trusts.
Under Part 4 of the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Regulator has the power to appoint investigators to investigate the affairs of any charitable organisation.
For more information, see 'Who We Are'.