The Minister for Justice and Equality has extended the period within which charities established before 16 October 2014 must apply to the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) for inclusion in the Register of Charities. Any charity established before 16 October 2014 and not automatically registered with the CRA under Section 40 of the Charities Act 2009 must apply directly to the CRA to register.

Applications from these charities to the CRA must now be submitted by 16 April 2016. According to the Department of Justice and Equality, only a small number of the estimated 4,000 relevant charitable organisations have initiated the registration process under Section 39 of the Charities Act. The extension is intended to give these charities more time to come forward for registration.

Applications for inclusion on the Register of Charities can be made through the website of the Charities Regulatory Authority at