Spot On, No Bóthar





[The public] express amazement that, for example, Justin Kilcullen [above], the head of Trocaire, was on €146,000 in 2010 and €133,000 in 2011, while former Concern CEO Tom Arnold, who retired earlier this year was on about €130,000, especially when they are dealing with “the poorest of the poor”.

Nobody expects basement wages for people doing important jobs, but it seems that in the wage-escalation of boom-time Ireland, the executive charity salaries went off the radar – and stayed there. Virtually all of the big charities in Ireland are well-remunerated at the top. The head of Focus is on €125,000, while Goal pays a ceiling of €100,000.

The disability sector is by far the best remunerated. The head of Enable Ireland was paid a jaw-dropping €156,000 in 2011, while the chief executive of the Cope Foundation was paid €130,000. The head of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland took home a handsome €125,000. Even the Jack and Jill Foundation, headed by Jonathan Irwin, pays its chief executive a surprising €88,000, while Fergus Finlay of Barnardos has a salary of €113,000, although some of this – apparently €25,000 – is earned through other work.

Most disappointingly, many organisations such as Bóthar, the Special Olympics and the Simon Community have refused to reveal their top salaries, despite constantly looking for state funding and public donations.


A charity boss paid over €100k? Let’s get real (Eamon Delaney,

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)