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Trócaire and the Catholic Church

Trócaire is the overseas development agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. We were established by the Bishops’ Conference as “an official channel through which Irish Catholics can express their commitment on an ongoing basis to the needs of the Third World”.

The pastoral letter establishing Trócaire stated:

“The aim of Trócaire will be two-fold. Abroad, it will give whatever help lies within its resources to the areas of greatest need among the developing counties. At home, it will try to make us all more aware of the needs of these countries and of our duties towards them. These duties are no longer a matter of charity but of simple justice.”

We support the most vulnerable people in the developing world. This support is grounded in the values, ethos and teachings of Catholic Social Teaching and is at all times fully compliant with the policies of the Catholic Church. For example, Trócaire does not fund, support or promote the use of abortion.

The Trustees of Trócaire are appointed by the Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference. The seven Trustees of Trócaire are Archbishop Eamon Martin (Chair), Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Bishop John Kirby, Bishop Noel Treanor and Bishop William Crean. Bishop Crean is Chair of the Board of Trócaire, which is appointed by the Trustees.

Read more about Trócaire's Trustees and Board.

Our support is provided based on need to people of all faiths. We work without prejudice to express the support of the Catholic Church in Ireland for the rights of the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Our work is supported by parishes all over Ireland. The support of the Catholic community in Ireland is vital for the successful delivery of our work overseas.