John Farrelly CEO The Charities Regulator

Charities Regulator's work on concerns received about unregistered "charity" shops

“All charity shops must operate as part of a registered charity and all proceeds must go towards that charity's charitable purpose,” Charities Regulator Chief Executive John Farrelly said. “If the public see a shop that they think, or any reasonable person would think, is a charity shop, but is not part of a registered charity let us know and we will step in.”

One shop owner has been prosecuted, three shops have ceased trading and seven shops no longer market themselves as “charity shops”, following interventions by the Charities Regulator since 2016.

A public update notice published today by the Charities Regulator notes that one shop, the Twist charity shop, closed down following the successful prosecution of the owner, Mr Oliver Williams, in February 2017 at Sligo District Court.

Three shops, the Second Chance Boutique, Belmullet, the Charity Boutique, Naas, and the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue have closed following the receipt of “cease and desist” letters from the Charities Regulator.

Seven shops subsequently amended their shop fronts or other notices to make it clear to the public that they were not a charity, which made them compliant with the Charities Act 2009 (see notes to editor in the press release for details of these shops and the changes made).

Download the full text of the press release here