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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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For the Public

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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Publications and Reports

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.



The Charities Regulator is an independent authority and supports the recruitment, training, development and the performance management of its staff

The Charities Regulator is fully committed to promoting a positive working environment that takes account of the needs of individuals, while at the same time meeting the needs of the organisation.  In line with our Statement of Strategy 2022-2024, the next three years will see further organisational development of the Charities Regulator as part of our efforts to continue to build an effective, efficient regulatory authority.  The Charities Regulator continues to focus on strengthening and supporting its senior management team and ensuring that staff across the organisation have the skills and expertise to deliver on our strategic objectives and develop in their roles.


Organisation Chart

Business Units

The Charities Regulator is made up of 5 separate business units.  Here is an outline of the functions and objectives of each of those.

  • Registration and Reporting

    The key functions of the Registration and Reporting Unit are as follows:

    • To maintain and further develop an effective registration system for charities
    • To register charities according to the registration policy and process
    • To establish and maintain an effective reporting system for charities
    • To provide support and guidance to organisations applying or considering applying for registration
    • To maintain the Register of Charities
  • Compliance and Enforcement

    The key functions of the Compliance and Enforcement Unit are as follows:

    • To promote compliance by charity trustees with their duties in the control and management of charities;
    • To ensure and monitor compliance by charitable organisations with the Charities Acts;
    • To carry out investigations in accordance with the Charities Acts;
    • To encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charitable organisations by the provision of information or advice.

    The section engages with the public and relies on a good relationship with the public to carry out its work.

  • Charity Services unit

    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.

    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.The range of applications which can be made to the Charity Services Unit includes:

    • The appointment of New Charity Trustees – section 43 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended;
    • The authorisation of disposition of lands held upon charitable trusts – sections 34 and 37 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended:
    • Consent to a Sale of Charity Property for Full Value
    • Consent to a Transfer/ Sale of Charity Property between Charities for less than Full Value
    • Consent to a Lease of Charity Property
    • Consent to a Surrender of a Lease of Charity Property
    • Consent to a Mortgage of Charity Property
    • Consent to an Exchange of Charity Property
    • Settling a Cy-Près Scheme where the original objects of a charity, charitable bequest or charitable trust fail – Section 29 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended;
    • Giving an Opinion or Advice in relation to the administration, property of a charity under the Authority’s Seal – Section 21 of the Charities Act 1961;
    • Sanctioning a Compromise in relation to a claim made by or against a charity – Section 22 of the Charities Act 1961;
    • Authorising the merger of one charity with another or transfer of assets to another charity, where there are limitations (or no power to do so) in the charities’ governing documents or limitations in the terms of the original trusts on which their charity assets are held;
    • Authorising the institution of legal proceedings in a charity matter – section 25 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended;
    • Notification of litigation / legal proceedings involving a charity – section 53 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended;
    • Assisting with the examination of Summary ‘PAS3’ Forms received from the Probate Office supplying details of all charitable bequests – section 52 of the Charities Act 1961, as amended.

    Further details on the application types and process may be found on our website.

  • Corporate Affairs

    Corporate Affairs is an internal support service, responsible primarily for ensuring compliance with a number of governance obligations and improving corporate policies, procedures and outcomes.  It is also responsible for organising, overseeing the effective use of, and resolving any resourcing difficulties in order that the Charities Regulator achieves its strategic objectives:

    Corporate Affairs oversees:

    • Human Resources;
    • Financial Resources;
    • ICT Resources;
    • Freedom of Information requests;
    • Secretarial Support for the Authority;
    • Quality Management System (QMS);
    • Office Accommodation.

    The unit is also responsible for supporting the Charities Regulator’s overall information governance arrangements.

  • Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

    The Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Unit is responsible primarily for engaging with the public on the Charities Regulator’s behalf.  This includes:

    • Handling media queries and press releases;
    • Managing website and social media content;
    • Organising public consultation events.

    In addition, they handle interactions between the Charities Regulator and TDs, Ministers and other stakeholders, and handle the translation of material and correspondence into Irish.

Our Executive Team


Madeleine Delaney

Madeleine Delaney

Interim Chief Executive

Madeleine joined the Charities Regulator in March 2021 as Director of Legal Affairs & Registration. She has responsibility for the Registration function, the Charity Services function and for the provision of legal advice and assistance across the organisation. Madeleine is a practicing solicitor and worked for a number of years in private practice before joining the public sector. She worked with the Pensions Authority in a legal and compliance role, and more recently she was Head of Legal at the Office of the Ombudsman, (including the Office of the Information Commissioner, and the Standards in Public Office Commission). Madeleine holds an LLB and LLM, postgraduate diplomas in Regulatory Management and in Public Management and has a Masters in Leadership and Strategy.

Thomas Mulholland

Thomas Mulholland

Thomas Mulholland joined the Charities Regulator in November 2019 as Director of Compliance and Enforcement. He oversees the concerns function within the Regulator and also has responsibility for investigations. Thomas has significant experience in investigations and insolvency having previously worked in the Corporate Enforcement Authority. Thomas is an ACCA qualified accountant with a further 15 years’ experience in private practice. He holds a Diploma in Forensic Accounting, a Diploma in Insolvency, and a Degree in Accounting and Finance.

Niall Scanlon

Niall Scanlon

Niall Scanlon was appointed Head of Finance in July 2019. Niall is responsible for leading the finance function of the organisation, he oversees all aspects of financial control, including statutory and regulatory requirements, financial reporting, and budget development. As a member of senior management he actively contributes to the achievement of the Charities Regulator’s strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Charities Regulator, Niall held various senior finance positions within the private sector. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) and is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Geraldine McCarthy

Geraldine McCarthy

Ger is Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement. She previously worked in the private sector with agencies in Dublin and London, specialising in strategic communications, reputation management and stakeholder engagement. Ger holds a degree in Communications and a postgraduate certificate in Digital Marketing from DCU.

Malachy Cardiff

Malachy Cardiff

Malachy Cardiff is the Head of Corporate Affairs and Secretary to the Board for the Charities Regulator. Malachy has responsibility for the governance and the operations of the Charities Regulator. Previously Malachy worked in the charity and private sectors in both the UK and Ireland, holding various governance and management positions. Malachy has a degree in Economics (UCD), Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies (UCD – Smurfit Graduate Business School), Certificate Company Secretarial Law and Practice (Law Society of Ireland), Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance (UCD – Smurfit Graduate Business School) and is a CIMA qualified accountant.

Ciara Finn

Ciara Finn

Ciara Finn joined the Charities Regulator in July 2023 as Head of Human Resources, and leads on all HR matters relating to the operation of the organisation. Prior to joining the Charities Regulator, Ciara held various HR positions within the private sector working with financial services and pharmaceutical organisations and as a HR consultant to SMEs. Ciara holds a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management.

Our Documents

Here are some of the documents and policies that inform the work of the Charities Regulator: