Bóthar Chief Announces Retirement

Peter Ireton, founder of livestock aid organisation Bóthar has announced his retirement as chief executive after 20 years in the post.

Mr.  Ireton (59) will retire at the end of this month after growing the organisation from its one-off gesture of sending an airlift of cows to Africa to mark Limerick Treaty 300 celebrations in 1991 to a charity with a €10 million turnover.

Today, with a staff of 30 – 25 in Ireland and five abroad – and its partnerships with similar organisations based in five countries, principally US-based Heifer International, Bóthar delivers livestock across 35 countries that lifts 5,000 families every year out of destitution.

In addition to gifting livestock, 16 species in all, ranging from Irish cows and goats to camels, water buffalo and even bees, Bóthar’s main focus is training and educating recipient families on how to look after their food-and-income producing animal.

According to Bóthar it is these methods of training, animal husbandry and the “passing on” of the first female offspring that provides a sustainable solution to helping a family lift themselves out of poverty, permanently.

While stepping back from the organisation he founded, Limerick man Mr Ireton will continue to work at a reduced level as director of strategy for Bóthar. His replacement will be announced over the coming weeks.

(Source: Irish Times)