Breen, Oonagh B.
Breen, Oonagh B.
Breen, Oonagh B.
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- PublicationNew philanthropy Country Profiles shine a bright light on an important area(2020-12-10)Written to coincide with the launch of the 5th edition of the Legal and Fiscal Country Profiles for Philanthropy in Europe, which were published on December 10, 2020 by Philanthropy Advocacy.
- PublicationCharitable Organisations and Charity Policy in Ireland(Das Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement, 2019-12-03)Ireland has a long history of charity and charitable giving rooted in a strong religious tradition. In the late 1700s, Protestant philanthropy helped to alleviate the physical and medical needs of the impoverished working classes. Beginning in 1770, the incremental waning of the Penal laws enabled the growth of Catholic charities. Following Catholic emancipation in 1829, greater Catholic clergy involvement in charitable activity emerged with religious involvement in philanthropy becoming more formalized in Irish society. In the late 19th century, religious charities provided many essential services in the fields of health care, education and social welfare. In the 20th century, many of these voluntary organizations partnered with the state to provide these services on its behalf while receiving its funded support. Research studies describe the Irish as a generous nation. Over the past ten years, the World Giving Index (CAF, 2019), drawn primarily from Gallup’s World View World Poll data, has ranked Ireland consistently in the top five in the global league of donors in terms of the percentage of people who donate money, volunteer time or help strangers.
- PublicationNeighbouring perspectives: legal and practical implications of charity regulatory reform in Ireland and Northern Ireland(Queen's University Belfast, 2008)A close study of the charity law reform proposals for Ireland and Northern Ireland reveals common concerns relating to charity governance and regulation that are shared with Scotland, England and Wales. Ireland and Northern Ireland share similar policy objectives in terms of charity regulation: to strengthen the charity sector and prevent fraud. Provision of a charity register, greater transparency regarding the decisionmaking process for charitable status, a visible regulator for a sector that engages so often with the public through fundraising appeals and the reputation and continued success of which is based on trust and public confidence, these are all positive steps.
- PublicationEU Regulation of Charitable Organizations: The Politics of Legally Enabling Civil Society(International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, 2008)This article takes issue with those who view the introduction of a European regulation as the most effective way to facilitate nonprofit activity in the EU. It argues that the judicial route and not the legislative route may prove more fruitful if the aim is to achieve greater legal enablement of civil society organizations within the European Union.
- PublicationRedefining the Measure of Success: A Historical and Comparative Look at Charity Regulation(Edward Elgar, 2018-12-28)This chapter focuses on three questions in its quest to better understand the historical and comparative perspectives of charity regulation. Accepting the traditional rationales for such regulation, it first explores the question of ‘how we regulate’ followed by the interrelated question of the associated cost of such regulation. Finally, the chapter examines the important issues concerning how we currently (or could better) measure the success of charity regulatory efforts. The paper draws upon the experiences of charity regulators in a range of common law countries across the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
- PublicationWaiting for the Big Wave: A Fifty Year Retrospective on the Ebb and Flow of Irish Charity Regulation(Cambridge University Press, 2017-01)In common with many nations, Ireland has been subject to a perennial cycle of statutory and non-statutory regulation of the non-profit sector. One can identify with ease the major waves of statutory regulation that occurred in 1844, 1961 and 2009 respectively with the gap between regulatory bouts shortening in each successive wave. The stated purpose of these statutes remains remarkably consistent and aligned, implying either the continuation of a clear policy objective or a marked failure to attain the goal on the previous occasion such that the task must be tackled de novo.
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