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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

As a charity seeking donations from the public we, the Irish Red Cross aim to comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

To read how your donation is used, click donor charter

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 93% of every donation to an emergency appeal goes towards that specific response.

Accounting Procedures

Annual accounts are independently audited and made publicly available. Our Accounting procedures since 2015 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 €95,000.

At year-end 2018, the number of employees whose salary contributions were within a pay bracket of €70,001 - €80,000 were four. 


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