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Fall in donations hits Bóthar as 7 out of 19 staff made redundant

The founder of the charity described the situation as “regrettable”.

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CHARITY ORGANISATION BÓTHAR is to make redundant seven out of its 19 staff due to a dramatic drop in donations over the Christmas period.

The organisation moved to cut its administration costs in order to continue projects it is running overseas after fundraising targets for 2013 were not met.

Bóthar currently has projects in 20 countries around the world.

In a statement, founder Pete Ireton described the situation as “regrettable”

“Our mission in Bothar is to assist impoverished families in the developing world to break free from the poverty trap and we remain completely focused on achieving that mission,” he added.

He said the seven staff let go had made a “huge contribution” to the charity.

Recent pay controversies at the Central Remedial Clinic and Rehab Group has dented public confidence in the charitable sector.

A survey released last week has found charities are still feeling the effects with a fall in donations, while two thirds have taken steps in the last six months to increase transparency.

Read: Rehab and CRC scandals still driving down donations for 61% of charities >

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