Appointment of new board members brings gender equality to Board of the Charities Regulator Authority – Kyne

Published 17 January 2018

The Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Kyne TD has welcomed today’s approval by Government of three new members to the Board of the Charities Regulatory Authority.

The new members were selected following the advertising of the positions by State Boards and the convening of a selection panel comprising representatives from Government departments and the Public Appointments Service as well as the Chairperson of the Charities Regulatory Authority, the interim CEO of GOAL and the Chief Charity Commissioner of Northern Ireland.

Commented Minister Kyne: “Following approval from Government, secured by my colleague at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Minister Michael Ring, I am pleased to welcome the appointment of three new members to the Board of the Charities Regulatory Authority.

“The appointment of Ms Máire McMahon, Ms Niamh Cahill and Mr Ercus Stewart brings to the Board a wealth of practical experience and skills which I’m confident will help the Authority as it continues its work of regulating charitable organisations in Ireland.

“The appointments ensure that the Board of the Authority now has equal representations, in terms of gender, which is very welcome.


Note For Editors .

 Charities Regulatory Authority

The general function of the Regulator is to regulate charitable organisations operating in Ireland, in order to increase public trust and confidence in their management and administration. Under the Charities Act, 2009, the Charities Regulator is fully independent in the performance of its statutory functions

As a result of an open recruitment competition conducted by the Public Appointments service, the Government have accepted Minister Ring’s nominations  to  the appointment  of  :

– Ms. Máire McMahon a practising solicitor who has served as a Trustee for and a Vice President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul;
– Ms. Niamh Cahill a barrister of over 30 years standing with experience in senior governance in the sector; and
– Mr. Ercus Stewart, S.C, a barrister with a range of experience with several charities.

I look forward to working with Máire, Niamh and Ercus in the years ahead and wish them every success on their appointment.

As of end December 2017, there were 9,061 charities registered with the Authority.