The Charities Regulator is an independent authority, established on a statutory basis in 2014 by the Minister for Justice and Equality in accordance with the Charities Act 2009. We are responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a public register of charitable organisations operating in the Republic of Ireland, and ensuring charities’ 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.
Here, you will find further details of our functions, the services that we provide for charities, and information on what types of organisations must register for charitable status.
Charities Regulator Functions
Registration and Reporting
- The main objective of the Registration and Reporting Unit is to establish and maintain a public register and reporting framework for charities operating in the Republic of Ireland.
- This includes the maintenance of the public Register of Charities, maintenance of the online reporting system for registered charitable organisations, the processing and assessment of applications for inclusion on the Register, and the provision of support and guidance to organisations applying or considering applying for registration.
Compliance and Enforcement
- The Compliance and Enforcement Business Unit is responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance by charities with the provisions of charities legislation, in particular the Charities Act 2009.
- As part of this process, Compliance and Enforcement receives concerns regarding charities and organisations from the public, and provides both a dedicated concerns helpline and an on-line concern form on the Charities Regulator website. This process is underpinned by the Concerns Policy, which is publicly available on www.charitiesregulator.ie.
- Where concerns are received, Compliance and Enforcement examines the information concerned, conducts a risk assessment, and if warranted seeks assurances/information from the charity or organisation. Under the Charities Act 2009, we have the powers to require information; make directions; apply sanctions; and, where required, appoint inspectors to investigate the affairs of the charity.
- The Charity Services Unit is responsible for managing requests for the consent or direction of the Charities Regulator in relation to practical matters which affect how charities deal with their property, assets, internal governance or continue to provide services to their beneficiaries.
- Charities or other persons which intend to sell property, appoint new trustees, wind up their operations, merge with other charities, commence legal proceedings or enter other transactions relating to charity assets need to consider with their legal advisors whether the consent of the Charities Regulator may be required for the proposed course of action, due to limitations in their governing documents, legal constraints or the terms of the original trusts on which their charity assets are held.
- Applications may be made by charities and other persons under the Charities Acts 1961 and 1973, as amended. The Charity Services Unit incorporates the functions previously vested in the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland (CCDB), which were transferred to the Charities Regulator further to section 82 of the Charities Act 2009, following the dissolution of the CCDB pursuant to Part 6 of the Charities Act 2009. Further details on the application types and process may be found here.