Founder and CEO of Console, Paul Kelly, who resigned last week

Following a spate of scandals in 2014, the then government established the Charities Regulatory Authority. The effectiveness of this new organisation can be summed up in just one sentence taken from its website: “We are not currently empowered or resourced to conduct statutory investigations of charities.”

Anthony Sheridan,
Co Cork.

Time for reform of charity sector (Irish Times letters)

Previously: Inconsolable

Pic: RTE

12 thoughts on “Toothless

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      The real question is, how many more of these “Regulators”, their pay, their expenses and pensions – together with their staff – we are prepared to pay to do nothing. These are very handy sinecures for ‘friends of the Government’ but I would suggest they are a luxury we can’t afford.

      1. Harry Molloy

        I would disagree and say an effective regulator isn’t a luxury but a necessity. They should also be funded by the industries which they regulate.
        We need to know how we could have learned of the issues with Console earlier and adapt accordingly.

      1. jake38

        Box ticking, the search for scapegoats, and creating the illusion of activity can be exhausting.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      There’s a lot of suicide in Ireland. And the Government does sweet FA about it.

      1. Kieran NYC

        “A bad thing happened. Instead of using it to contribute to an established charity, I’ll start my own, organize a ‘fun run’ and waste money on needless administration due to lack of economies of scale.”

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