Chambers calls for corporate governance review of charitable sector

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Mayo TD for Fianna Fail Lisa Chambers has called for a corporate governance review of the charitable sector in wake of the scandal arising from suicide prevention charity Console.

“In the wake of the Console charity scandal and other recent scandals to hit the charity sector, we need to conduct a corporate governance review of all registered charities in order to restore public confidence and trust.”

“What happened in Console was a prolonged abuse of public trust and public money and we need to do everything we possibly can to restore that trust, not only in the people who have donated and worked hard to raise money, but for the people who use services like that of Console and other charities who do fantastic work in a correct and proper way.”

“Sadly, the reprehensible actions of a few will have a huge damaging effect on the entire charitable sector and people will question where their donations are going. We have a task ahead now to ensure the public feel safe and confident donating to charities, as has been the honourable tradition in this country for years. I believe a corporate governance review of all charities, which will not only identify charities that need to improve their governance but also identify charities that have excellent governance, is a importance and necessary exercise.”

“This will require the charity regulator to be beefed up with extra resources to take on this work and will likely require once off funding from government to conduct the review.”