Ossory Diocesan Office, James’s Street, Kilkenny, R95 NH60, Ireland.
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9th December 2016
I am pleased to present to you the Consolidated Audited Financial Accounts for Year ended 31st December 2015 for the Diocese of Ossory, approved by the Diocesan Finance Committee and filed with the Charities Regulatory Authority.
The Charities Act 2009 introduced even more stringent measures as to how Charities operate and manage their financial controls. Since 2009, a Diocesan Sub Committee has worked on this initiate in consultation with the Irish Bishops Conference and in co-operation with the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA). In April 2015, Bishop Séamus Freeman, SAC. appointed Ms. Christine Rossiter, Chartered Accountant, Project Manager for the implementation of the new Charities Legislation. Christine collaborated with the 42 parishes and Diocesan Groups over the past eighteen months and all have fully embraced the new accounting system that has been introduced in our diocese.
2015 is the first year that dioceses are legally obliged to prepare a set of consolidated audited accounts. This set of accounts is the culmination of many years collaboration and I thank all involved at the Diocesan Office, in our 42 parishes and members of Diocesan Groups for their full co-operation which helped bring this project to its fruition. Without the support of priests and people it would not be possible for our diocese to have fully complied with what is asked of us in this legislation.
With prayerful good wishes.
Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Ryan,