The Charities Act 2009 and the creation of the Charities Regulator have radically reformed the charity law landscape. The key functions of the Charities Regulator are to establish and maintain a public register of charitable organisations operating in Ireland and ensure their compliance with the Charities Acts.
There is no one set structure for charities. A ‘charitable organisation’ may be:
a charitable trust, a body corporate, or an unincorporated body of persons.
Should your group register as a charity?
If the answer to all three of the following questions is 'yes', then your organisation should apply for registration as a charity:
1. Does your organisation wish to operate in the Republic of Ireland?
2. Does your organisation have exclusively charitable purposes?
3. Does your organisation provide a clear public benefit, in this country or elsewhere?
committed under the Charities Act 2009.