Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Category Archives: Former Minister of State for Community Development

Between June 2017 and October 2018 I served as Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development. A number of issues came under my remit at this Department including the community and voluntary sector, the Western Development Commission, charities regulation as well as the Atlantic Economic Corridor.

Engage and Educate Fund 2018

Recently I announced the second round awardees of the Engage and Educate Fund – a partnership fund between Social Innovation Ireland, Mason Hayes Curran Law Firm and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Engage and Educate Fund supports access to educational projects and this year’s recipients are Blue Diamond Drama Academy, Deaf Education… Continue Reading

Annual Report shows that Charities Regulator’s work is increasing transparency and accountability

Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Kyne TD, has said the Charities Regulatory Authority is helping to increase public trust and confidence in charitable organisations. Minister Kyne was speaking as the Charities Regulatory Authority’s Annual Report for 2017 which was presented to the Minister and the Houses of the Oireachtas in accordance with the Charities Act… Continue Reading

Over €275,000 for Galway under new Community Enhancement Programme

€275,000 has been allocated for Galway under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s new Community Enhancement Programme. The CEP is the successor to last year’s Community Facilities Scheme and also includes the RAPID Scheme. It is a more flexible scheme which will help provide targeted funding to communities. The new Community Enhancement Programme, which has been launched… Continue Reading

Launch of Report on the Governance of Charitable Organisations

On Thursday I launched the Report on the Governance of Charitable Organisations which provides a series of recommendations to the Charities Regulatory Authority on how the governance of charities should be regulated. The recommendations provide realistic and proportionate guidance on the best type of framework for ensuring that charities in Ireland are governed effectively. Volunteers… Continue Reading

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