Bóthar Appoints New Chief Executive

Bóthar, the Limerick-based development charity which sends livestock every year to more than 5,000 families in 35 developing countries, has named second-in-command, David Moloney, as the organisation’s new chief executive.

Mr Moloney, 47, replaces founder of the organisation and chief executive for the past 20 years, Peter Ireton, who has retired.

Peter grew Bóthar from an intended one-off project of airlifting cows to Africa to mark the Limerick Treaty 300 celebrations in 1991 into a charity with a turnover of close to €8 million.

Bóthar chairman, John Finucane, said: "Ordinarily, when a founder and the engine behind a successful organisation like Bóthar steps aside, it leaves a gap far too great to fill but we are fully confident that this will not be the case for us, thanks to David’s appointment.

"David has worked very closely with Peter over the years and the success of the organisation is in no small way attributable to his work. He will no doubt bring fresh thinking to the role over the coming months and years and we wish him every success in the post."

Mr Moloney, who lives in Newport, said: "By shipping livestock to these families in developing countries, Bóthar is probably the most natural Irish response to the grave need across the developing world. It is only right that we would transfer to these countries not just some of our animals but also our incredible depth of knowledge in the agriculture sector, so that thousands annually can emerge from poverty and achieve sustainability.

Source: Irish Examiner