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VOICE is a member-based Irish environmental charity that empowers individuals and local communities to take positive action to conserve our natural resources.

It also advocates for the government and the corporate sector to adopt environmentally responsible behaviours, and for the development of strong national policies on waste and water issues.

VOICE was founded in 1997 and its achievements and activities include:

  • The introduction of the plastic bag tax in Ireland which was adopted as a national policy in 2001.
  • Co-founding the Irish Environmental Network (formerly the Environmental and Ecological NGO, EENGO) in 2001.
  • Founding the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) in 2004. This is an umbrella network of 25 leading environmental organisations dedicated to improving water quality in Ireland under the Water Framework Directive.
  • Being the leading Irish environmental organisation promoting sustainable waste management policies. This includes consistently fighting against the construction and operation of waste incinerators in Ireland; making policy submissions to government on waste management policy; and informing public debate on waste.
  • Coordinating Ireland’s first ‘Feeding the 5,000’ public awareness event in Dublin in 2012 to highlight the environmental and social plight associated with food waste.
  • Inspiring and participating in other food waste-related events throughout the country, including UCC’s and UCD’s ‘Feeding the 500’, Galway’s ‘Disco Soup’ and Cork’s ‘Feeding the City’.
  • Providing practical assistance in food waste reduction to communities through the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Stop Food Waste’ initiative.
  • Developing a ‘Food Rescue’ pack for communities to hold their own small-scale ‘Feeding the 5,000’ type events with food that would otherwise have been thrown away.
  • Establishing Ireland’s first Zero Waste Community in Cashel, Co. Tipperary

VOICE is an active member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Seas at Risk, SWAN, Stop Climate Chaos the Irish Environmental Network and the Environmental Pillar.

VOICE patrons include Darina Allen, Christy Moore, Pauline Bewick, Dick Warner, Don Conroy, John Feehan, Brendan Kennelly and Sr. Mary Minehan.

Our board members are:

Ruth McGrath, Chair

Gay Brabazon

Gary Clare

Ken Kilbride

Michael O’Dwyer


VOICE Fundraising & Governance


VOICE is compliant with the governance code and our governance handbook is available to view in our office.

The VOICE board has adopted a resolution to adopt the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and confirms that VOICE is committed to complying with the Statement (see:  Board Resolution Fundraising Statement).

We are in  the process of developing fundraising policies and will adhere to the highest fundraising standards.

To illustrate our commitment to transparency, we are making available our VOICE Articles and Memorandum of Association.

Funding: we are funded through a variety of sources, including the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Irish Environmental Network (IEN), Membership fees, Local Authorities through Local Authority 21 (LA21) grants, and donations.

For further information on our finances see: 2015 Annual Audited Accounts.

Our latest annual report for 2016 is here.

Data Protection


VOICE Ireland is committed to keeping your data safe.

We will only store and process your personal data in accordance with the relevant Irish and EU data protection legislation. You can opt-out of any communications you are getting from us at any time.

Download our Data Privacy Policy here.

Download our Subject Access Request Policy here.

Download our Subject Access Request Form here.