Bóthar is promoting its annual appeal, asking farmers to donate calves, as garda’s investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the charity continues.
Bothar and CEO Niamh Mulqueen declined to comment on requests from Independent farming for details on its current activities.
We asked Bothar if they would issue an apology to the farmers for the theft of more than 1 million euros in grants.
We also asked how many farmers have donated livestock to charity since the scandal surrounding the embezzlement came to light, and if the organization has spoken directly to farmers. People have previously donated cattle or money, to this scandal.
Furthermore, we ask how much money they have received from monetary donations in 2020 and 2021 and provide us with a breakdown of the number of livestock that Bothar exports to charity in 2020 and 2021, as well as details on where they are exported.
We also asked how many employees the company currently employs and its payroll bill for 2021, as well as the chief executive’s salary.
It did not respond to our request, but it is understood that it exported more than 50 heifers and 130 female goats in the last year, donated by Irish farmers and support groups Bóthar.
Last year, former Bóthar CEO David Moloney admitted to taking a suitcase full of cash from the international aid charity, but denied responsibility for the full amount of 1.1 million euros that had been embezzled, the money. It was alleged that other parties were also involved in the embezzlement of funds.
In his affidavit, he admitted that he started making money in 1999. Peter Ireton co-founded the charity in 1991 to export livestock to families in the developing world. He retired as chief executive in 2011 when he was succeeded by Mr. Moloney.
Ireton was found dead at his home in Limerick under tragic circumstances on April 19 last year.
In an interview with Irish independence shortly before his death, Mr Ireton denied anything was wrong and said he was “surprised” to learn the charity was investigating the alleged payments to him.
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