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Charities Regulator Guide – What is a Charity? Legal Criteria to apply to be a Registered Charity


For those who advise charities or are looking to set up a charity, the Charities Regulator has recently published useful guidelines. The “What Is a Charity?” booklet sets out the legal criteria which new entities have to meet if they are to apply to be a registered charity.

The booklet also explains the “charity test” which organisations must meet if they are to be considered to be a charity. This includes that they must: operate in the Republic of Ireland; have a charitable purpose only; and exist to benefit the public or a section of the public in Ireland, or elsewhere, through its charitable purpose(s).

A copy of the link to the booklet is available hereĀ