452. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the proposed register of charities is likely to be enacted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1385/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) was established on 16 October 2014, under the Charities Act 2009. The Register of Charities, which can be accessed through the website of the Authority, www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie, was published on the same date.
The Register of Charities currently includes charities that have been deemed registered by the CRA under section 40 of the Charities Act by virtue of the charitable tax exemptions previously granted to them by the Revenue Commissioners. Charities that did not have charitable tax exempt status from Revenue on 16 October 2014 cannot be automatically registered by the CRA under section 40. These charities must apply separately to the CRA for inclusion on the Register of Charities. Applications can be made through the website of the CRA. Charities established prior to 16 October 2014 must submit their application for registration to the CRA before 16 April 2015.