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Charity boss ‘blown away’ by generosity of Irish people despite pandemic

A charity boss has said he is “blown away” by the generosity of Irish people after fundraising targets were exceeded in 2020, despite the economic impact of the pandemic. Feargal O’Connell is the chief executive of Sightsavers Ireland, which works to eliminate avoidable blindness in the developing world and promotes the rights of people with disabilities. Appointed earlier this year, he feared the economic crunch of the pandemic would force him into job cuts at the charity but was bowled over as donations kept flowing in.

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