About VOICE Ireland

A little bit about us

VOICE of Irish Concern for the Environment

VOICE is a member-based Irish environmental charity (CHY 13196 and CRA 20040437) that empowers individuals and local communities to take positive action to conserve our natural resources. VOICE 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.  We are a Company Limited by Guarantee, CRO 275127.


Promoting the wise use of natural resources for a sustainable future.

Mission Statement:

VOICE promotes a respectful relationship with the Earth by encouraging a way of life in harmony with nature rather than in conflict with it.


VOICE strives to achieve this mission by:

• Informing the public on environmental policy/issues

• Empowering individuals and local communities to become environmentally active to protect Ireland’s resources.

• Advocating on behalf of our members to influence policy and practice with government and other stakeholders. 


Introducing the plastic bag tax in Ireland which was adopted as a national policy in 2001.

Hosting 'Feeding the 5000' in Dublin 2012 and numerous 'Food Rescue' events with communities across Ireland since.

Establishing Ireland’s first 'Toward's Zero Waste' community in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, in 2017.

Launching a Recycling Ambassador Programme in 2017 to help improve Ireland's recycling rates.

Supporting the Conscious Cup Campaign promoting the use of reusable cups over disposables.

Launching the Sick of Plastic Campaign with Friends of the Earth in 2018, pushing for ambitious legislation and changes in supermarket business practices to reduce plastic pollution

VOICE is an active member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Break Free From PlasticSWANStop 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.


You can find all about VOICEs activities in detail for a given year through our our Annual Reports.

Annual Report 2019 , 2019 Press Coverage

Annual Report 2018 , Audited Accounts 2018 , Annual Report 2017 , Annual Report 2016 , Annual Report 2015 , Annual Report 2014


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 Constitution.

Our board members are; Ruth McGrath - Chair, Gay Brabazon, Gary Clare, Ken Kilbride, Brendan Keane and Suzie Cahn.


VOICE is 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, donations and provision of services to companies.

Awards and Recognition

Green Awards 2019 - Winner - Green NGO of the Year
All Ireland Community and Council Awards 2019 - WINNER