Standards and accountability

Charities Regulatory Authority
This document describes the role and responsibilities of the Charities Regulatory Authority.

What is a charity?
This document describes what constitutes a charity in Ireland.

Comptroller and Auditor General
The Comptroller and Auditor General carries out an audit each year of the State's accounts.

Freedom of information (FOI)
Outlines the responsibilities of public bodies and other designated bodies under the Freedom of Information Act and your right to access information held by them.

Office of the Ombudsman
The main duty of the Irish Ombudsman is to investigate complaints made by members of the public about how they have been treated by public bodies in Ireland.

Public petitions
Members of the public can raise issues of general public interest or public policy with the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Regulation of lobbying
The Register of Lobbying is maintained by the Standards in Public Office Commission. Find out who is required to register.

Rights Tribunals
Rights Tribunals are tribunals that make binding decisions about the rights of people in Ireland.

Unconstitutional legislation
The High Court has the power to cancel any law or part of any law that is unconstitutional. Discusses what constitutes unconstitutional legislation and how legislation is judged to be unconstitutional.

Judicial review of public decisions
Administrative decisions may be judicially reviewed by the High Court to determine whether they are illegal. Find out how to initiate judicial review proceedings.

Charity governance structures
This document describes the different ways that charitable organisations can be set up in Ireland.