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Ireland – Regulatory Authority

Posted in Ireland, Ireland - The Third Sector by blopote on August 14, 2008

A key function of the new Authority will be the establishment and maintenance of a mandatory register of charitable organisations operating within the State. The Authority will have the power to remove a body from the register, and it will be an offence for a body not on the register to claim that it is a charity or to operate or engage in public fundraising in Ireland.

One of the most important areas covered by the proposed legislation is fundraising by charities. Permits will be required for all public collections for the benefit of charities except within the grounds of places used for public worship. The Charities Regulator will require charities to provide information concerning their fundraising activities in their applications for registration.

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