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Trócaire’s commitment to transparency and accountability

Message from Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire Executive Director

There has been extensive media coverage over recent weeks of the financial practices that appear to have been carried out at a domestic Irish charity. 

Like everybody else in the country, I have been shocked and dismayed by what has emerged. 

I want to make clear Trócaire’s position:

  • Our financial accounts, which are independently audited, are available in our latest Annual Report (pdf), the most recent of which is always available for download on our website.
  • Our accounts are prepared according to the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP), which is recognised as best practice by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB).
  • Trócaire pays no ‘top ups’ or bonuses to any member of staff.
  • Our board members receive no payment for their work and serve a maximum of two three-year terms.

Last week I was in Ethiopia where I met with some of the 600,000 people in that country who are receiving emergency relief through Trócaire to help them through the current drought crisis. Our programmes in Ethiopia – funded through your generosity – are delivering vital aid to people experiencing the worst drought in decades.

Éamonn Meehan with Mary Robinson in Ethiopia, July 2016

Éamonn Meehan with farmers Desta Zegesta and Abeba Teklehaiman, Mary Robinson, and Trócaire Country Director in Ethiopia, Patricia Wall at aTrócaire project in Adigrat, north Ethiopia. Trócaire’s work in the region is supporting people with emergency aid as well as building long-term irrigation systems. Photo: Eoghan Rice, July 2016.

Last year alone we brought support and relief to 2.4 million people across the developing world. 
We understand that when you donate to Trócaire you are trusting us to put that donation to best use to tackle poverty and injustice overseas. That is a responsibility we take extremely seriously.

I want you to know that Trócaire is committed to best financial practice. We are transparent, accountable and determined to work with our supporters in Ireland to end the scandal of poverty and injustice in the developing world.
As well as outlining our finances, our most recent Annual Report also tells stories of transformation in some of the communities we work in.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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