Minister of State Kathleen Lynch T.D. has announced that the Government will launch a public consultation on the implementation of the Charities Act 2009.

The announcement was made today at the annual ICTR Conference in Dublin. Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, Ms Lynch said:

“Because of the costs associated with its implementation, most of the Act’s substantive provisions have yet to be implemented. However, it remains the Government’s intention to implement the Act as resources permit.

In light of the unavoidable delay in commencing further provisions of the Charities Act, the Department of Justice and Equality has, in recent months, examined how the objectives of the Act might best be progressed in the current economic circumstances. Arising from this, the Minister has indicated that he plans to consult with the charities sector and the public on the implementation of the Charities Act.”

The Minister said the Department hopes to publish a consultation document by the end of the year.

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