Bóthar - the Irish charity organisation which takes in excess of 5,000 families annually out of destitution with livestock projects across 35 developing countries – is pleased to announce David Moloney as the organisation’s new Chief Executive.
David, who is outgoing Deputy Chief Executive at Bóthar and lives in Newport, replaces founder of the organisation and CEO for the past 20 years Peter Ireton, who retired from the post at the end of June. Peter grew Bóthar from its intended one-off project of airlifting cows to Africa to mark the Limerick Treaty 300 celebrations in 1991 into a charity with a turnover of close to €8m.
Announcing David’s appointment, Bóthar Chairperson Mr John Finucane said that the organisation is fortunate to have a natural successor to take over the leading role in the organisation.
“Ordinarily when a founder and the engine behind a successful organisation like Bóthar steps aside, it leaves a gap far too great to fill but we are fully confident that this will not be the case for us thanks to David’s appointment.
“David has worked very closely with Peter over the years and the success of the organisation is in no small way attributable to his work. He will no doubt bring fresh thinking to the role over the coming months and years and we wish him every success in the post.”
Commenting on his appointment, the new CEO said: “I am delighted with this appointment, not just to become CEO of such a successful aid organisation, taking over 5,000 families out of destitution annually, but to be taking over from an inspirational figure like Peter.
“By shipping livestock out to these families, Bóthar’s is probably the most natural Irish response to the grave need across the developing world. It is only right that we would transfer to these countries not just some of our animals but also our incredible depth of knowledge in the agriculture sector so that thousands annually can emerge from poverty and achieve sustainability. My number one goal now in taking over as CEO is to grow our existing and develop new sources of funding.
“We are also finalising our response to the current Horn of Africa crisis. Other agencies are doing fantastic work in terms of meeting the immediate need and we, in turn, will come in behind these with a programme that will involve a sustained solution for families that gets them out of the grip of this awful current crisis.”
Welcoming David as his replacement, outgoing CEO and founder of Bóthar Mr Ireton said that the organisation is in very safe hands. “I have been privileged to work with David over the years and he has exactly the type of energy, enthusiasm and excitement for the post to take Bóthar through the current difficult climate for all aid organisations.
“I look back with tremendous pride at what has been achieved by Bóthar’s over the last 20 years and David has been at the centre of so much of that.
After 20 years in the CEO’s seat, it is time for a change, for new blood and David has the type of vision this organisation needs as it faces up to the challenges ahead,” he said.