Microchipping Fido

Dog Owners!

Not only do you need a Dog Licence and a Pet Passport but since 31st March 2016 your furry friend needs its very own Microchip.

The new Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 came into force on 31st March 2016.

After that date, any dog over 12 weeks old must be microchipped by a vet who is registered to carry out this procedure.

A dog that is being sold must be microchipped before the sale.

On a sale the buyer must register as the new owner of the dog.

Dog Identification Databases have been set up so that all dogs (and their owners) can be easily identified.

Currently the authorised Dog Identification Databases are the ones maintained by:

Animark
Fido
Irish Coursing Club
Irish Kennel Club

But there is no need to search each of them: a single search on europetnet.com will give you the database details where a particular dog is registered.

You can also switch databases so that all your dogs can be registered on the same one.

But beware, failure to comply with these Regulations is an offence and can lead to prosecution, a fine and/or imprisonment depending on the seriousness of the offence.

See the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website for more information: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/animalhealthwelfare/dogmicrochipping/FAQdogmicrochipping040516.pdf

The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015 Regulations were made under Section 36 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and are in addition to the Pet Passports (No. 2) Regulations 2014.

New in the Charities Sector

The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) was set up in response to the scandals about what was seen as excessive pay at the top levels of certain charities.

Formed under the Charities Act 2009, the CRA takes on the functions previously carried out by the Revenue Commissioners and the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests.

If you run a charity which had a Revenue CHY Number prior to the 16th of October 2014 you will be “deemed to be registered” with the CRA but will need to go to www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie and provide certain information to them to complete your registration.

If have set up a charity since 16th October 2014 or you plan to set up a new charity you will need to go to www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie and apply from scratch.  Currently you will need to liaise with both the Revenue Commissioners and the Charities Regulatory Authority (and, if you form a company, the Companies Registration Office) for charitable approval and tax exempt status: it is hoped that in the future this will be more streamlined.

The aim of this new body is to improve transparency and accountability (those lovely words) in the charities sector; accounts will be available to the public at no charge; the CRA has the power to remove executives who are seen as being paid excessively. They are trying to improve their service to the hardworking people who run charities and simplify the red tape so they welcome your feedback!

If you run a charity or are thinking of setting one up, contact us for advice 091 503 823.