The Irish Red Cross are today welcoming the approval at Cabinet of a Government Order that gives legislative effect to a new Constitution and governance structure for the Society.
This new Constitution is intended to guarantee the independence of the Irish Red Cross and facilitate significant change in its governance structures. It has been developed in close collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and meets the rigorous standards they set for good governance.
Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, David J O’Callaghan, welcomed the announcement of the signing on Tuesday, “this is another very important step in the process of change and reform that is underway at the Irish Red Cross and we thank the Minister for Defence and the Government for their support.”
This new Constitution emphasizes the commitment of the Irish Red Cross to be a best-practice institution in terms of corporate governance in the Irish charity sector. It underpins the many change initiatives that have already taken place at the Society and features a new Board profile which will draw on a broader pool of volunteers and introduce new external expertise. “This will be a very powerful mix and we will harness this energy and leadership talent to help us grow and develop” said O’Callaghan.
“Our promise is to be at the forefront in delivering aid and support to those who need it most and we want to extend that effort in every way that we can”
The Irish Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In Ireland, the Society provides its services through a network of more than 5000 volunteers, making it the second largest voluntary charitable organisation in the country.
Note: Please contact Rebecca Thorn, Communications Executive at the Irish Red Cross for more in information – 087 743 3275.