Dáil Éireann - Volume 579 - 04 February, 2004
Written Answers. - Charities Legislation.
Mr. Cuffe Mr. Cuffe
170. Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the way in which the Government intends to establish a new body to regulate charities, according to media reports, when no charities Bill has been published. [3159/04]
Mr. N. Ahern Mr. N. Ahern
 Mr. N. Ahern:The Deputy is correct in stating that no charities Bill has been published. However, as a first step towards preparation of draft legislation, a consultation paper entitled Establishing a modern statutory framework for charities was prepared within my Department during 2003 and approved by the Government last December.
Immediately following Government approval, the consultation paper was posted on my Department's website, www.pobail.ie. I draw the Deputy's attention to Part 5, entitled Accountability, which contains a proposal for positioning an independent statutory body as the centrepiece of a modern framework for charities and, in that connection sets out options for new institutional arrangements.
Dáil Éireann 579 Written Answers. Charities Legislation.