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As a registered Irish charity, your support is essential to us. In every element of our work, we strive for the upmost standard of governance, accountability and transparency.

The Irish Red Cross is a registered Irish charity. Our charity number is CHY3950.

How your donation is used

We endeavour to keep all costs to a minimum ensuring that the maximum percentage of each donation goes to those in need. On average, a minimum of 90.2% of every donation to an emergency appeal goes towards that specific response.

Accounting Procedures

Annual accounts are independently audited and made publicly available on our Accounting procedures for 2015 accounts are in line with SORP, as recommended by the Charity Commission of England and the governance code of Ireland.

The Irish Red Cross was one of the early adopters of the voluntary Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and  has also fully complied with the ‘Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland’. We also fully comply with The Wheel’s Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.


The Irish Red Cross Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers who receive no salary for their time given to the charity.

The Irish Red Cross Secretary General (CEO) currently receives an annual salary of €104,500 (including pension contribution).

At year-end 2015, the number of employees whose salary and pension contributions were within a pay bracket of €60,001 - €70,000 were three and €70,001 - €80,000 were three. No bonuses or top ups are given.

Annual reports



Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Red Cross is training local masons and builders in improved earthquake resistant construction techniques. Shown here is the construction of the pilot house being built in the village of Suspa Chhemawati, Dolakha region of Nepal. ©C.Heathcote