The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, announced yesterday that the Charities Regulatory Authority will come into operation by Easter. Arrangements are also being made to fill of the post of CEO of the new Authority on an interim basis by the end of February. Minister Shatter said, 
"The recent revelations about certain organisations in the charitable sector have understandably damaged public trust and confidence. The commencement of the key measures in the Charities Act will provide the increased transparency and accountability that will allow this trust to be rebuilt."
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