Sector News

thursday 10th may, 2018

Today the Charities Regulator chief executive John Farrelly launched the Report of the Consultative Panel on the Governance of Charitable Organisations which undertook extensive research and consultation on the issue since March 2017

The Consultative Panel brought together members with wide and varied experiences in the charities and corporate governance sector. Their deliberations were supplemented by a public consultation process (involving almost 1,200 individuals and organisations), international research and presentations. Charities Institute Chief Executive, Lucy Masterson, was a member of the Panel.

The Panel found there was a need for a code of governance for charities, and that the Charities Regulator should produce it. The panel proposed that the governance code should be principles-based and should operate on a ‘comply or explain’ basis by charities. It also proposed that the code’s content be developed in collaboration with the charity sector and that the code should be proportionate.  

monday 5th february, 2018

Today the Charities Regulator launched ‘guidance on charities and the promotion of political causes’. 

Many Irish charities and their trustees have limited resources and increased pressure and demands to ensure their charity is compliant.This practical guide highlights the rules which apply to their organisation when engaging in activities to promote a political cause and will help them to comply with best practice.

While the guidance is useful, it has to be remembered that in addition to the Charities Regulator that charities are subject to SIPO and the Lobbying rules so there is no shortage of regulation in this space. 

Lucy Masterson.
Chief Executive,
Charities Institute Ireland

Tuesday 10th October, 2017

Charities Institute Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Finance in Budget 2018 to establish a VAT Compensation Scheme for Charities

Irish Charities have campaigned for this type of Scheme for many years and today represents a major breakthrough. It was the reason ICTRG was established over fifteen years ago and has been a core part of the ICTR / Charities Institute Ireland advocacy agenda since day one. Over recent months our members have been writing and calling TD's and Ministers on this issue so we are absolutely thrilled that the hard work of so many has finally paid off. 

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A very special thanks and acknowledgement must go to Sheila Nordon. Over the years Sheila was the key driver behind this campaign and never gave up hope that the scheme would be introduced.  At Charities Institute Ireland we have been proud to continue with Sheila's work in carrying the VAT baton and we look forward to continuing to represent our members on policies  that benefit the entire charity sector.

We want to thank Minister Donohoe, Taoiseach Varadkar and his Government colleagues for taking this initiative, after extensive analysis and scrutiny. 

Irish charities are major buyer of goods and services in the economy and are liable to VAT on their purchases.  As a result, money raised for charitable purposes is often returned to the state through the payment of VAT.

Today’s decision will put in place a mechanism to return some of that money and will provide charities with an incentive to increase fundraising efforts

Charities Institute Ireland has also been encouraged by the support for this scheme from parties and independents across the Oireachtas and we are grateful for that backing. 

Lucy Masterson

Chief Executive,

Charities Institute Ireland 

THURsday 30th march,2017

Charities Institute Ireland would like to invite tenders for a research study and report into the charity sector in Ireland. The final report should include but not be limited to:

  • Evidence of the role of the charity sector in a flourishing society.
  • The role of charities as the third sector in society
  • Evidence of the value and impact charities create
  • The authenticity and role of charities in civil society
  • Charities as agents of change
  • The changing face of charities in an era of transparency and accountability
  • The future of the sector

The deadline for interested parties and submissions of research proposals is Friday 15th April at 12:00pm.

The proposals should provide a brief outline of the proposal with suggested methodology, timelines and associated costs.

Please submit proposals to