Statement of Policies concerning Impartiality, Independence and Governance

Preamble
Whereas Members of Clans of Ireland have adopted a common understanding, in co-operation with each other, to promote the objectives of Clans of Ireland including; to represent the interests of Irish Clans who conform to its requirements, to encourage historical research into ancient culture and traditions of Irish Clans, to advise Irish family
groups who seek to authenticate their surname prior to 1850 and to develop friendly relations between those interested in ancient Irish culture, traditions and history.

Impartiality
Clans of Ireland is a non-governmental, non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit organisation that primarily exists for the continuation of Irish culture, traditions and beliefs. It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, class, religious beliefs, political opinions or affiliations.

Independence
Clans of Ireland independently and neutrally respects democratically elected governments recognised by the United Nations, but it does not align itself to any particular political cause. Member societies and individuals throughout the World, whilst auxiliaries, are subject to laws of their respective countries.

Governance
Membership of Clans of Ireland is open to family organisations throughout the World, which satisfies our membership criteria. All members have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.
Clans of Ireland is an Irish registered Company Limited by Guarantee and an Irish Registered Charity governed by the laws of Ireland and is under the patronage of the President of Ireland. Clans of Ireland promotes and communicates its fundamental principles in Ireland and overseas. Our members are expected to uphold Clans of Ireland's Memoranda and Articles of Association as principles of good practice in addition to upholding guidelines of good governance as set out from time to time by the Board ofDirectors.


January 2017