Make Your Voice Heard!


Charities Regulator Seeks Public Opinion On Governance Of Charities


 Consultation Image


The Charities Regulator is seeking the opinion of the general public and everyone who has an interest in Irish charities on how charities should be governed.  The Charities Regulator wants the views of the public, charities, their trustees, staff, volunteers, service users, donors and funders.

The Regulator has established a panel to make proposals for the governance of charities and to support trustees in their duties.  These standards will deliver improved outcomes for our society through better focused charities where volunteers, staff, service recipients and all other stakeholders will have a common point of reference for governance standards. 

As part of this process, the panel is seeking to consult the public and other stakeholders on issues such as governance responsibility, monitoring, governance code and guidelines.  A series of public meetings and an online survey are being organised to give people the opportunity to make their opinions known.

Among the questions raised will be: Is there a need for a governance code specific to all registered Irish charities operating in the State?; Should these governance standards apply differently for small, medium and large charities?; Should there be reasonable checks on a person’s suitability to be a charity trustee?; Should there be a maximum term allowable for charity trustees?


Online Questionnaire

The public can also share their views by completing the online questionnaire here. The survey will be available to complete until 5.00pm on 6 December 2017.

Survey Link:


Public Meetings

The following are the details of the public consultation meetings:

CORK – Wednesday 1 November, The Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, St Lukes, Cork, 7-9pm.

To register to attend click



GALWAY – Monday 6 November, The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway, 7-9pm.

To register to attend click



DUBLIN – Tuesday 21 November, O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, 7-9pm.

To register to attend click

Each of the meetings will consist of a short presentation by the Charities Regulator’s Chief Executive John Farrelly followed by consultation with audience members. 

Each event will commence at 7pm.


Written Submissions

In addition, if you wish to make a written submission you can email it to: or post it to: Consultative Panel on Governance of Charitable Organisations, 3 Georges Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1, D01 X5X0.