Michael Staines
Michael Staines

13.03 2 Feb 2021


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Irish charity chief executives earning up to €160,000 per year are not overpaid, according to Charities Institute Ireland.

It comes after a survey by The Irish Sun found that the CEOs of 30 well-known Irish charities are earning between €70,000 and €159,800 per year.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Charities Institute Ireland CEO Liz Hughes said workers in the charity sector, “deserve to be paid their value.”

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“Charities have had a huge impact on Irish society. They deliver key services to the most vulnerable and these charities need staff doing professional jobs.

“All of these people deserve to be paid the value of the work they do.”

She said the CEOs in the survey all have the same bills as their colleagues in the private sector.

“I don’t think they are overpaid,” she said. “The thing is that a CEOs salary is actually a matter for their independent trustees – they make the decision around CEO salaries.

“That is based on everything from turnover to the number of employees and the market competition and complexity of the organisation.”

Ms Hughes said the survey was having a negative impact on the work carried out by the charities sector.

“Imagine what a world would look like without charities,” she said.

“Certainly, working through this crisis would have been a lot more challenging were it not for the charity sector rising to the challenge and supporting and caring for our most vulnerable in society.”

The average CEO salary in Ireland is just short of €97,000, with the study finding that the average charity is nearly €16,000 more at €113,000 per year.


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