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Drama League of Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee. (CLG)

Company details:

Company number: 390913
Company Established: 13/09/2004
Charitable Status Granted: 15 Dec 1986
Charities Regulator Number: CHY7904
CRO: 390913
CRA: 20018412


Good governance involves putting in place systems and processes to ensure that a charity achieves its charitable objectives with integrity and is managed in an effective, efficient, accountable and transparent way.

Drama League of Ireland, as a Charities Organisation and a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG), is subject to following the Charities Regulator Governance Code, as outlined by The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), Ireland’s national statutory regulator for charitable organisations. Drama League of Ireland is a non-complex Charity. The Company is in full compliance with the Charities Governance Code as issued by The Charities Regulator of Ireland.


Structure of Drama League of Ireland

The Board of Directors of Drama League of Ireland are the Charity trustees who are responsible for the governance of their charity and endeavouring to ensure that the principles of the Charities Governance Code are being applied.  A maximum of 12 can serve on the Board, consisting of a Chairperson, and 11 Board members. All on the Board serve on a voluntary capacity. There are many other non-board volunteers who support the work done on behalf of amateur drama (eg Facebook administrator, members of DLI Summer School Committee).

There is one full-time employee, an administrator/advisor, who works at the Head Office and Library located at Drama League of Ireland Head Office, Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum 16, Dublin, D16 C5X6.

The main services offered by Drama League of Ireland include theatre training (drama workshops, annual residential week-long Summer School, weekend-long Winter School), an advisory service, play licencing service, theatre library, overseeing the One Act Drama Circuit (in association with ADCI), running a playwriting competition (in association with ADCI, supported by The Ramor Theatre), circulating a bi-annual magazine, fortnightly drama news bulletins by email, and frequent drama news updates on Social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Drama League of Ireland’s activities are funded by membership fees and a small commission from acting as agent to a number of playwrights and companies, licencing performance rights of plays. DLI has benefited in recent years from small grants from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, (as it is currently named), which were used to support theatre training. Many thanks to the Arts Council for the very welcome funding in the past year, which allowed more extensive theatre training and the development of playwriting to take place.


Principles of Good Governance

We, the Board of The Drama League of Ireland CLG commit to:

Principle 1 – Leading our organisation.

  1. Agreeing our vision, purpose, and values and making sure that they remain relevant.
  2. Developing, resourcing, monitoring, and evaluating a plan to make sure that our organisation achieves it’s stated purpose.
  3. Managing, supporting, and holding to account staff, volunteers, and all who act on behalf of the organisation.

Principle 2 – Exercising control over our organisation.

  1. Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  2. Making sure that there are appropriate internal financial and management controls.
  3. Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.

Principle 3 – Being transparent and accountable.

  1. Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure that there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation.
  2. Responding to stakeholder’s questions or views about the work of our organisation and how we run it.
  3. Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.

Principle 4 – Working effectively.

  1. Making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff, and volunteers understand their role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision making.
  2. Making sure that, as a board, we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective.
  3. Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development, and retirement processes in place.

Principle 5 – Behaving with integrity.

  1. Being honest, fair, and independent.
  2. Understanding, declaring, and managing conflicts of interest.
  3. Protecting and promoting our organisation’s reputation.


We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outline in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.

We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outline in these principles. The Drama League of Ireland Board conducted a thorough review of policies and procedures in the past year. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.


Willie O’Brien, Chairman, Joanne Keane, Director. 27 March 2022