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Carmichael Centre Child Protection Information Session

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We had a great Child Protection Information Session here in Carmichael Centre on 5th April 2016.  The event was very well attended with very informative presentations from Louise Monaghan (NYCI) and David Brennan (Dept. of Justice & Equality) and lots of questions from those attending.  The main items on the agenda were the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012, the Children First Act 2015 and the Role & Responsibilities of a Designated Liaison Person (DLP).

The main points to come out of the session were as follows: 

The National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 

This legislation was enacted at the end of 2012 but is only expected to commence from 29 April 2016 and there are currently no plans to...

Regulation of Lobbying Act of 2015

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The Regulation of Lobbying Act of 2015 (commenced in September 2015) was introduced in order to provide information to the public about what constitutes lobbying, who is lobbying, who they are lobbying and what they are lobbying about.

 

The first point to acknowledge is that lobbying has become something of a dirty word in Irish society.  If you do a Google image search on lobbying you will see plenty of images of people whispering to each other with wads of cash changing hands.  According to the Oxford Dictionary to lobby is to ‘seek to influence (a legislator) on an issue’ and it is worth remembering that lobbying is a legitimate and essential part of the democratic process which should be protected and respected....

Charities Act 2009: Update on Charities Regulation

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Background: The Charities Act 2009 is designed to ensure greater accountability and protect against abuse of charitable status. The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) was set up on 16th October 2014.

 

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): The CRA is responsible for the Register of Charities. This includes the management of the CRA website (including the public access online register), annual reporting from registered charities and registration of new charities.

 

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