Time for charities to be regulated

Carrick-on-Suir based Labour senator Denis Landy has called on Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to insist that the CEO of Rehab outline her pay and conditions in the interest of transparency and clarity.

Carrick-on-Suir based Labour senator Denis Landy has called on Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to insist that the CEO of Rehab outline her pay and conditions in the interest of transparency and clarity.

Senator Landy was speaking ahead of a debate in Seanad Éireann tomorrow on the charity sector.

“I welcome the fact that the Minister is coming into the Seanad to make a statement. I have called on Minister Shatter to map out the long overdue detail involved in setting up the Charities Regulator. I believe this office should be up and running before Easter. In the meantime, I want to see action on the appointment of an interim Chair, and advertisements published seeking expressions of interest for Board Members.

“There are over 8,500 charities in Ireland with a budget of almost €8 billion per annum. This in fact is almost half the budget of the current Department of Health, and represents a massive amount of money being transacted on behalf of citizens who contribute on a daily basis to charities across this country. It is absolutely necessary that proper oversight and transparency is put in place in this sector as soon as possible to allay the concerns of ordinary people contributing to charities.

“Damage has been done to the good name of thousands of charities that currently operate by a small few. I expect the Minister to call on the CEO of Rehab to come clean and provide the information on her own salary and expenses, as well as the consultancies employed by Rehab, the expenses incurred within the organisation, and any other relevant information that should be put into the public domain.

“I look forward to the debate tomorrow with Minister Shatter and I anticipate a good outcome to this process in Seanad Éireann.”