Corporate Governance

The Irish Red Cross is a registered charity in Ireland. Our charity number is CHY3950. To ensure the highest standard of governance, the Irish Red Cross comply with and implement the following codes:

Republic of Ireland Charities Act 2009 The Code for Corporate Governance for Voluntary and Community Sector 

Code of Corporate Governance for Voluntary & Community Sector

Charities Regulator Charities Governance Code. 

As a registered Irish charity, we are listed on the Charities Regulatory Authority’s Register of Charities (Charity Reg. No. 20005184) in the Republic of Ireland.

Every year, our finances are independently audited and published on our website, CLICK HERE to view them. 

How we are governed

The Irish Red Cross is governed by the Board of Directors which operates through the delegated authority of the Society‘s General Assembly. Its role is to direct and supervise the affairs of the Society on a day-to-day basis, to ensure it delivers on its goals and objectives, and to uphold the values and principles of the Red Cross Movement in every aspect of its activities.

The Irish Red Cross Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers elected by members of the General Assembly, the Irish Red Cross’ highest governing body including government independent nominees. In turn, the members of the Irish Red Cross General Assembly are elected by the deliberative membership of the Society as representatives of their area.

Corporate Governance Publications, Annual Reports and Policies

Our mission

As laid out in our strategy, the Irish Red Cross Strategic Plan 2019-2024, the Irish Red Cross mission is to identify and deliver humanitarian assistance, both at home and abroad, to those who are most in need. In achieving this we will be guided by the fundamental principles of the Red Cross.

The vision of the Irish Red Cross is to be a leading humanitarian organisation, providing impartial services and support to vulnerable communities both at home in Ireland and abroad.

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

As a National Society of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross. They are humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

The Irish Red Cross is a signatory of the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages (“the Code”) and commits to applying the Code’s principles for all their communications.