Trócaire Executive Director Éamonn Meehan has announced that he will retire from the organisation in October.
He has held a variety of roles during his 27-year career with Trócaire and has been Executive Director since 2013. Prior to that he was Deputy Director from 2002 to 2013. Éamonn (62) is just the third Executive Director in Trócaire’s 45-year history, following on from Brian McKeown and Justin Kilcullen.
“It has been an enormous privilege to have served the organisation as Executive Director,” he said. “The work Trócaire performs each and every day is vital and life-changing. Leading that work has been an honour. Making this decision was not an easy one but it is the right decision for me personally and for Trócaire.
“The mission of Trócaire is as important now as it has ever been. Ultimately the organisation’s effectiveness is down to the skills, enthusiasm and commitment of its staff. Trócaire is blessed to have such wonderful people in the service of our mission and mandate, which brings assistance and support to millions of people. We are also blessed to have the support, trust and commitment of the Irish public, who have stood steadfast in their belief in justice for the world’s poorest people. I want to thank Trócaire supporters all over the country for their generosity and support which I know will continue into the future.”
Éamonn, who comes from Kilmaley in Co. Clare, first joined Trócaire in 1991 as a Programme Manager for the Southern Africa region. He subsequently held the roles of Head of International Programmes, Deputy Director and Executive Director.
Trócaire will begin the search for a new Chief Executive Officer over the coming weeks. The recruitment will be led by the organisation’s board, which is chaired by Bishop William Crean.