Saturday 16 December 2017

Minister urges Irish Red Cross 'to change'

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

DEFENCE Minister Tony Killeen admitted last night the troubled Irish Red Cross "could benefit from change" amid allegations of governance difficulties, financial mismanagement and low staff morale.

Responding to the large number of staff to have resigned from the charity in recent years, he conceded there are "industrial relations at head office level" and "personality issues" that appear to go back decades.

A number of reviews have recommended changes to governance structures.

The most recent of these, which was headed by Prof Roger Downer, called for directors to serve for a maximum of six years and for the organisation's central council to be replaced by an elected general assembly which would then in turn elect a chairperson.

Speaking on RTE's 'Prime Time' last night, Mr Killeen said he is in the process of implementing the Downer group's recommendations.

Irish Independent

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