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In this section you will find:

  • Press and communications contact information
  • Key facts and figures about Trócaire
  • Information about using Trócaire content and materials

Media enquiries

Republic of Ireland enquiries will be answered by:

Niamh McCarthy, Communications Officer

Tel: +353 1 505 3280 / 086 812 4352

Email Niamh (niamh.mccarthy (at)

Northern Ireland & UK enquiries will be answered by:

David O'Hare, Communications Officer, Belfast

Tel: 028 90 80 80 35 / +44 790 005 3884

Email David (david.ohare (at)

Interview and comment requests

Trócaire is regularly called upon to share its experience and insights with national and international media outlets, leading non-profit organisations and in the political arena.

Our areas of expertise include development policy, humanitarian emergencies, international justice issues, supporting women in developing countries, tackling gender based violence, HIV-AIDS, climate change, creating sustainable livelihoods, and the causes of poverty and hunger among others.

If you would like to speak to a relevant member of the Trócaire team on any aspect of our work or for an expert comment or quote, please contact one of our media team above in the first instance.

Key facts about Trócaire

  • Trócaire is the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. 
  • We work in over 20 countries to help improve the lives of people living in some of the poorest places in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. 
  • Trócaire was established in 1973 by the Irish Bishops’ Conference as a way for Irish people to donate to development and emergency relief abroad. Trócaire was given a dual mandate: to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of development at home.
  • Our support is offered regardless of race, gender, religion or politics.

In 2015/16:

  • Trócaire spent almost €58.3 million helping to improve the lives of an estimated 2.4 million people. 
  • Our livelihoods programmes to help people grow food, earn an income, combat climate change and access water reached 872,000 people. 
  • We responded to major and forgotten emergencies reaching 978,000 people with aid. 
  • Our work to protect human rights, fight for justice and hold governments to account reached 341,000 people. 
  • Our programme to support people affected by HIV benefitted 115,000 people. 
  • We worked with individuals and communities to promote women’s equality in society and decision making and protect women from violence, reaching 81,000 people.

Some examples of our work in 2015/16 included: 

  • Pakistan: 2,200 survivors of gender-based violence supported. 
  • Malawi: Over 21,700 people supported to access HIV services. 
  • Myanmar: Over 25,000 civilians fleeing conflict were reached with food and shelter. 
  • Ethiopia and Nicaragua: 11,751 families have improved access to drinking water. 
  • Ethiopia: Over 36,000 families are using new sustainable agricultural techniques and technologies. 
  • Zimbabwe: Almost 31,000 people living with HIV received support services (e.g. counselling, treatment, literacy), while over 12,000 people accessed services in Malawi. 
  • Rwanda: Over 31,200 farmers are using improved seeds for better yields. 
  • Nicaragua and Guatemala: Over 1,000 families across Nicaragua and Guatemala were supported in securing access to land. 
  • Sierra Leone: Almost 7,000 women and over 5,700 men were reached by Trócaire’s programme against gender-based violence. 
  • Syria, Lebanon and Jordan: Over 142,000 refugees supplied with food, water and psychosocial support.

Content syndication

Trócaire welcomes reproduction and syndication of its digital content (blogs, images and videos), research papers and reports. We simply ask that you inform us of your intention to republish, the context in which materials will be used and, when your request is approved, to give full credit to Trócaire and, where applicable, to the relevant Trócaire personnel.

For online publications, we would ask that you also include a link to Trócaire’s homepage

Please direct all syndication queries to Trócaire’s Communications Team (liz.evers (at)

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