LIMERICK charity Bothar has appointed David Moloney as its new chief executive following the decision by founder Peter Ireton to step down after 20 years in the role.
Mr Moloney, a native of Limerick city and now living in Newport, has been second in command at Bothar since the 1990s. And in his new role, he is already heading the organisation’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.
“I am delighted with this appointment, not just to become CEO of such a successful aid organisation, grown out of Limerick and 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.”
Bothar was the brainchild of Peter Ireton, who organised what he thought was going to be a once-off airlift of animals to Africa to mark the Treaty 300 celebrations in 1991. When David Moloney joined Bothar four years later, the charity had an annual income of €584,000 - a figure that stands at €7.7 million today.
The new CEO said it was next turning its attentions to the drought and famine affecting Somalia and Kenya.
“We are 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,” Mr Moloney said.
Bothar chairperson John Finucane said the new man was up to the task of replacing Mr Ireton.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
And Mr Ireton himself has also welcomed the new appointment.
“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,” he said.
“I look back with tremendous pride at what has been achieved by Bóthar 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,”
With a background in dairy farming, David Moloney was always a good match for Bothar. He has designed its livestock programmes, helping the organisation to continue to operate successfully despite the collapse in revenues across the charity sector since the economic crash of 2008.