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Former TD appointed Head of Advocacy

“Over a billion people in the developing world are enduring hunger every day and this must be a key priority,” according to Concern’s new Head of Advocacy, Derek McDowell.

Concern’s Chief Executive Tom Arnold said he was delighted to announce Derek’s appointment: “Derek brings a longstanding commitment to social justice at home and abroad. His political and legal background will be invaluable in articulating Concern’s policy on aid and development issues to the public, politicians and other decision makers. I look forward to working closely with him.”

Politics and development

Born in Dublin, Derek was Labour TD for Dublin North Central from 1992 to 2002. A solicitor by profession, he was a Senator from 2002 until 2007. Taking up his new appointment, he said he had a longstanding interest in development issues:

Playing a part

“I have been very aware of the fine work done by Concern in the poorest parts of the world and I am delighted to have the opportunity to play my part. The Irish people have been incredibly generous over the years in supporting Concern and that generosity has impacted directly on countless poor and hungry people in Africa and Asia.

Living in poverty

“This is a hugely challenging time for organisations such as Concern…Over a billion people in the developing world are enduring hunger every day and this must to be a key priority. Whatever our problems at home – and they are indeed very serious – they pale in comparison with those of people who live from day to day in abject poverty and hunger.”