2 August 2016
By David O’Sullivan
In the month following controversy in relation to charities, Bill Holohan, Senior Partner of Holohan Law Solicitors, Cork & Dublin has been appointed by Mrs Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice Equality & Law Reform, as a member of the Charities Appeals Tribunal, for a five-year term commencing on 1 August 2016.
Appeals may be made to the Tribunal if:
· The Charities Regulatory Authority refuses to register a body applying for registration or
· a charity is removed from the Register without the involvement of the High Court and,
· the Minister may appeal to the Tribunal against a decision by the Authority to register an organisation.
The Authority is bound by the decision of the Tribunal. A decision of the Tribunal may be appealed to the High Court on a point of law. The Tribunal has five members, two of whom are required to be retired judges or lawyers with at least ten years’ experience.
Bill Holohan, the 56 year old Senior Partner of Holohan Law Solicitors, Cork & Dublin, has over 35 years’ legal experience. Uniquely in Ireland, he is a qualified Solicitor, Notary Public, Trademark Agent, Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator and published author of 8 legal textbooks. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Ireland, a Council Member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, and a Member of the Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolutions Committee. He was previously appointed in 2013 by then Minister Alan Shatter to the Personal Insolvency Practitioners Complaints Panel.
A native of Cork Bill Holohan has been actively involved in the Scouting movement since the age of 8, including having served 6 years as National Secretary and 6 years as Chairman of the Northern Ireland Scout Foundation, and as Chairman of the Federation of Irish Scout Associations was instrumental in the 2003 merger of the two Scout movements in Ireland.
Commenting on this latest appointment Bill Holohan said: “While hoping for the sake of the Charities Sector that the Tribunal will not need to be convened to sit too often, I am delighted to be requested to assist in what is interesting, important, challenging and worthwhile work. I am sure that I and the other members appointed to the Tribunal will deal with matters promptly and effectively, should the need arise”.
Two members of the Charities Appeals Tribunal must have experience in areas of expertise related to charities. The other lawyer members of the tribunal are Mr. Patrick O’Connor solicitor, Ms. Carol Fawsitt solicitor, while Ms. Karen Smyth charities activist and Ms. Deirdre Kiely Accountant have expertise related to charities.