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Coimirce

Introduction

Coimirce (The Company) is a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital was incorporated in December 2008.  Its founding members (the Members) comprise of the Archbishops and the Episcopal Secretary of the Irish Catholics Bishops’ Conference, together with the Director General of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI), a nominee of the executive of CORI , the Executive Secretary of the Irish Missionary Union (IMU) a  nominee of the Executive Board of the IMU.

The first Directors of the Company were appointed by the Members.  The Directors of the Company automatically comprise the membership of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (The Board).

The main object of the company is to provide advice, services and assistance in the furtherance of the development of the safeguarding of children within the Roman Catholic Church on the island of Ireland and to monitor compliance with legislation, policy and best practice and to report on these activities annually, all as comprehensively set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company.

The following objects set out hereafter are exclusively subsidiary and ancillary to the main object set out above and these objects are to be used only for the attainment of that main object and any income generated therefrom is to be applied for the main object only.

(i) Establishing and operating a National Office for the Safeguarding of Children; 
(ii) Liaising regularly with those agencies and organisations on the island of Ireland which have responsibility for the safeguarding of children in order to promote and maintain awareness of the Constituents of the relevant developments in civil legislation, policy and practice;
(iii) Reporting and providing, upon request from the Constituents or any Constituent, support, advisory and training services to such Constituents or Constituent on policies and practices relating to the safeguarding of children where it is feasible to do so;
(iv) To develop and recommend in consultation with the Sponsoring Bodies, protocols for the safeguarding of children and to recommend adherence by any Constituent or Constituents to those relevant protocols;
(v) Reviewing and reporting on the handling of complaints by any Constituent concerning the safeguarding of children in accordance with protocols for the purposes of sub-paragraph (iv);
(vi) Publishing an annual report or any other report prepared in connection with its activities.
(vii) To request any Constituent or Constituents to make available to the Company, files or personal relevant to any matter surrounding child protection.
(viii) To raise with any Constituent or Constituents any complaints or reasonable suspicions made to the Company from any third party or state authority with a view to investigating the handling of that complaint or reasonable suspicion as communicated or known to the Constituent in the context of any applicable protocols for the safeguarding of children.