Have you been wondering why we are expending taxpayers’ funds in having a Citizens Assembly to discuss the issue of the Eight Amendment of the Irish Constitution in 2017 – when a lack of resources has resulted in record-breaking numbers of people on Irish hospital trolleys or on waiting lists?

Have you been wondering why the Government is so committed to changing the Eight Amendment to the Constitution and creating a liberal abortion regime in Ireland and why most of the media is openly campaigning for such change?

So what is driving this change to our laws on abortion? Could it be that large flows of funds from the US to pro-choice groups is funding the campaign to amend the Irish Constitution in regard to our protection for unborn children and their mothers?

This dossier will demonstrate how foreign funding and in particular funding from the United States is being used to promote a referendum for a liberal abortion regime costing us the taxpayers an estimated 20 million euros at a time when families around Ireland are struggling to pay their household bills. Private interests in the United States are, through spending millions, promoting one side of the debate, distorting the democratic process and potentially changing the course of Ireland’s social history. This document will go some way towards explaining why abortion is being pushed at us from every angle, and at every level.

The fact that outside bodies are talking about funding and coordinating groups in Ireland to dismantle constitutional protection for the unborn child represents a gross interference and is an attack on democracy. The public will be deprived of such a debate if this kind of meddling continues from well-funded foreign bodies.

This is internationalist subversion on behalf of foreign interests seeking to undermine Ireland’s sovereignty. These revelations are extremely disturbing.

But do pro life groups get money from the US also?

Yes pro life groups gets money from the United States. The Pro Life Campaign for instance has confirmed that it has obtained on average less than €6,300 per year from the US since 2010 and this money was used for education initiatives. There is one substantial difference. What we are talking about though is the massive scale of the donations that the Irish pro-choice organisations are receiving from abroad relative to the pro life groups. It is perfectly acceptable to receive donations from abroad for education purposes but if the donations are so substantial and are given with the specific purpose to rewrite our Constitution, then this is an attack on democracy and is not acceptable. Further the fact that some of the pro-choice organisations have little to or no funding from within Ireland suggests an organisation that has no popular appeal and completely beholding to its foreign donors and really nothing other than a foreign funded ‘puppet organisation’.

Who is funding this multi million dollar campaign to repeal the Eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution? 

The main sponsors of the campaign to repeal the Eight Amendment campaign are:

  • George Soros Open Foundation
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • International Planned Parenthood Foundation
  • Ford Foundation

How do we know about this foreign funding?

The organisations in Ireland that are campaigning to repeal the Eight Amendment are not forthcoming about their funding sources. The reason we are aware that these organisations are receiving millions from abroad is from the donor organisations which include such funding in their annual reports, often to boast to their members on how they are working to change the Bunreacht na Eireann, our Constitution.  Information of such foreign funding has also come from leaked documents and in particular documents released by DC Leaks from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations that show for instance how controversial billionaire George Soros is quietly pouring money into pro-choice groups in Ireland.  What we have set out below is, one must assume, only the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

What is the law on this area? Is this type of foreign interference legal?

The implementation of the law is this area is governed by the Standards in Public Office Commission an independent body established in December 2001 by the Standards in Public Office Act 2001.

To summarise the law in this area, it is not permitted to receive funding from abroad that is to be used for political campaigning in Ireland. The Standards in Public Office Commission state:

A recipient of a donation may not accept:

a donation, of whatever value, from an individual (other than an Irish citizen) who resides outside the island of Ireland;

a donation from a body corporate or unincorporated body of persons which does not keep an office in the island of Ireland from which one or more of its principal activities is directed;”

that is used for the following:

“to promote or oppose, directly or indirectly, the interests of a third party in connection with the conduct or management of any campaign conducted with a view to promoting or procuring a particular outcome in relation to a policy or policies or functions of the Government or any public authority;

otherwise to seek to influence the outcome of the election or a referendum or a campaign”

You can get more information about Standards in Public Office Commission here  

The link to the governing law in this area can be located here.

You can make a complaint here if you believe that the law is not being complied with in this area.

Lets look at these US donors more closely.

  1. George Soros Open Foundation

The Open Foundation was founded by George Soros, and who continues to chair it, is one of the world’s richest people, is providing financial backing to organisations seeking to repeal the remaining constitutional prohibition on abortion.

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The document titled ‘Open Society Justice Initiative Proposed 2014 Strategy’ was part of the huge cache of leaked documents released by DC Leaks from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

The complete document is available here.

Here is a link to the part of the document that exposed the funding by George Soros and Open Foundation Society of the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution.

After they were exposed, the three organisations confirmed to the Irish Independent they had received following grants from the foundation.

  • Amnesty International Ireland $150,000
  • Irish Family Planning Association $150,000
  • Abortion Rights Campaign $  24,999

In the leaked strategy document, the foundation said it would fund the three Irish organisations “to work collectively on a campaign to repeal Ireland’s constitutional amendment granting equal rights to an implanted embryo as the pregnant woman”.

The document continued: “With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, such as Poland, and provide much needed proof that change is possible, even in highly conservative places.”

It has been reported that the funding by the George Soros’ Open Society Foundations is the now the subject of an investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

The blaring abuse of the law in this area was no doubt the subject of much concern to members of the public and the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).

The result is that the Abortion Rights Campaign was forced to return the monies to Open Society Foundations or face Garda prosecution. You can read more the media reports here.

A Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Standards in Public Office Commission requested documentation regarding their grant application to Open Society Foundations. At this stage the Abortion Rights Campaign became uncooperative and only complied with this request after SIPO informed them that if this did not happen they would refer the matter to An Garda Síochána.

After examining these documents the Standards in Public Office Commission advised them that as they had sought overseas funding for a campaign with a domestic political purpose, they were in breach of the law and under threat of a Garda investigation they returned  the money to Open Society Foundations.

SIPO also wrote to the Irish Family Planning Association regarding the money received from Open Society Foundations. They advised SIPO that they were not a campaigning body and had used the money received for charitable and educational purposes. No further action has yet being taken against the Irish Family Planning Association

Amnesty International Ireland who received the sum of €137,000 accepted that the money was used for campaign purposes to “bring its law on abortion into compliance with international human rights law and standards”. Amnesty declared that it does not generally consider itself to come under SIPO’s jurisdiction and that it’s work for the “protection and promotion of human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments” does not constitute work for “political purposes”.

 

  1. Atlantic Philanthropies

Atlantic Philanthropies has been a generous donor to many good causes in Ireland. However less well-known by the public is its campaigns on issues such as abortion. Information about how this money is granted is set out in documents which Atlantic Philanthropies hosts on its website.

 

  1. International Planned Parenthood Foundation

Most people probably don’t know that the Irish Family Planning Association is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood of America and a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a federation of organisations including abortion providers.  International Planned Parenthood Federation, its members and affiliates have massive resources and are directly funding and openly campaigning for more abortion in Ireland.

 

  1. The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a leading donor internationally to organisations seeking to promote abortion and it has donated to organisations in Ireland who are campaigning to repeal the 8th amendment.

 

Let’s have a look at some of the main organisations campaigning for the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution and how they have received millions from the US.

Based on the available information at this stage, these four organisations in particular have received millions from the US and one of them is almost entirely US funded.

  • The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is a lobby group with a charitable affiliate (The Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.)
  • Amnesty International Ireland is a lobby group with a charitable affiliate (Amnesty International Foundation)
  • Irish Family Planning Association
  • Abortion Rights Campaign

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is a political lobbying group and  through its well-staffed offices at 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, is now the major player in the campaign for a liberal abortion regime in Ireland. Any basic examination of the website, its twitter feed etc. will show that it predominately engages in political lobbying on a multiplicity of issues.  For that reason therefore it does not have a charity number and is not entitled to obtain one. It is not entirely clear who in fact gives the totality of the money it receives, but it is clear that the company has received millions of dollars from US based foundations and in particular Atlantic Philanthropies.

The ICCL which is almost entirely foreign funded has received no less than $7.7m from one US source alone since 2001. The US Funding of $7,727,700 which you can see detailed here and here is a photo.

ICCL grants

The ICCL also operates another entity for which they have charity number (CHY 11460) The Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms is also in receipt of substantial money directly from abroad and is giving a large portion of that money that it receives to The Irish Council for Civil Liberties which is a political lobbying organisation.

This entity has received $11,912,689 from Atlantic Philanthropies which you can see detailed here and here is a photo.

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Even though these are two separate companies with two separate legal entities, there is a lack of distinction between the charity, The Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the ICCL proper and no real effort is made to distinguish between the charity and political campaign group and there are numerous us examples of this blurring of the lines between these entities. For instance on the Atlantic Philanthropies website showing the amount of money that it contributes to The Irish Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, it provides a link to a website but the link is not to the charitable company but to the ICCL a separate company. This is the link for your reference and snip of the page.

ICCL

Also both companies have the same registered office, both have common directors and the website of the ICCL makes little real distinction between the two organisations.

Further in an extract from the ICCL website it states that “You can make a once-off donation to the Irish Civil Liberties Trust (ICLT). The ICLT is a registered charity (CHY 11460) and raises funds that can be made available to support the ICCL’s human rights education and awareness-raising work.” One assumes that it is being used for ‘educational’ purposes but how this distinction is made between the ICCL’s political work and its educational work is not very clear.

The website printout from Atlantic Philanthropies on the summary of the grants The Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms received for 2010 confirms that a substantial grant was made for the UPR Shadow Report. Again this was a political initiative that was organised and run by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties not The Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Did The Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms obtained this grant from abroad and then pay it to the ICCL? Here is a picture and a link to the page.

Details re Shadow Report

Here is a link to the ICCL page confirming that it undertook the work regarding the UPR Shadow Report.

You will also note from the website from Atlantic Philanthropies on the summary of the grant for 2013 that it was made ‘To support sustainable and independent -capacity to ensure human rights principles, standards and international jurisprudence are reflected in law and policy.’ One would have thought this was somewhat of a political goal for a charity. Again you will note from the printout that it is the website of the ICCL that is referred to.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties apart from the money it receives from The Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms receives money directly from abroad.

Almost all the monies that the ICCL receives and expends seems to come from either the Trust for Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms or directly from foreign trusts save for relatively small amounts.

As best as can be ascertained from examining the accounts, all the donations received by The Trust For Civil Liberties, Human Rights Fundamental Freedoms Limited go to the ICCL a company which is not a charity and which engages for political campaigning.

You will note looking at the expenditure that The Trust For Civil Liberties, Human Rights Fundamental Freedoms Limited has a substantial income. For instance in 2011 the income is a round sum of €800,000. There is also a provision for other income which amounts to €7,600.  In 2010 the income is noted at a round sum of €400,000. There is also a provision for other income which amounts to €5,279. It is not entirely clear where this very substantial income comes from. However if you examine the accounts of the ICCL it will be more clear. For instance in 2011 you will note that the monies that were paid to the ICCL by way of grants from Atlantic Philanthropies were for in fact held in the accounts of The Trust For Civil Liberties, Human Rights Fundamental Freedoms Limited and treated as their income. This amounted to the sum of €845,000 in 2011 and €742,500 in 2010. It is not stated in the accounts why this occurs.

The Ford Foundation gives ICCL a ‘network building’ grant of $250,000 in 2013. Details here.

The ICCL is registered with the Register of Lobbying in Ireland. You can see this here.

We have set out below links to the annual accounts for the ICCL for 2009, 2010 , 2011 , 2012  and 2013 and The Trust For Civil Liberties, Human Rights Fundamental Freedoms Limited for the years for 2010  2011  2013 for your reference.

Amnesty International Ireland

Amnesty International Ireland (Amnesty International Irish Section Limited (company registration number 4325320)) was originally founded to lobby for the release of political prisoners. In recent years Amnesty International Ireland has come under much criticism from its members for losing focus on its main mission. Amnesty is now the lead organisation to repeal the 8th amendment. It may retweet its international parent body press releases on many issues or rehash their press releases as their own, but its substantial resources are now devoted to campaigning for widespread abortion in Ireland.

As it moved away from its original noble mission its US funding stream has grown and now receives substantial donations from foreign based trusts.

Amnesty International Ireland also operates another entity for which they have charitable status, Amnesty International (Ireland) Foundation (charity number CHY 05890). This is not a limited company. There is a lack of distinction between this charity Amnesty International (Ireland) Foundation and Amnesty International Ireland proper and little effort is made by Amnesty International Limited to distinguish between the political campaign group and the charity.

For example on the Atlantic Philanthropies website showing the amount of money that it contributes to Amnesty International (Ireland) Foundation, it provides a link to its website but the link is not to the charitable company but to Amnesty International Ireland, the political lobbying group. This is the link for your reference and snip of the page.

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This organisation despite engaging in political campaigning has received funds of $150,000 from the US based Soros/Open Society Foundation as part of Soros/Open Society Foundation Plan to repeal the 8th Amendment. These funds were revealed by DC Leaks and not by the organisation itself.

The group received the grant in January 2016 after submitting an application to fund a project directed towards, among other things, the “strategic goal of garnering support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution”.

Amnesty International Ireland said the €137,000 it received was used to campaign for Ireland to “bring its law on abortion into compliance with international human rights law and standards”. Amnesty Ireland responded by saying that “Amnesty does not generally consider itself to come under SIPO’s jurisdiction as work for the “protection and promotion of human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments” does not constitute work for “political purposes”. Of course Amnesty fails to mention that not one single UN human rights document recognises the right to abortion and if campaigning for the change in the law does not constitute political work, then what does?

This seems to be a developing story.

It is interesting that Amnesty International Ireland while claiming that it does not engage in political work is registered with the Register of Lobbying in Ireland. You can see this here.

From a basic examination of the documentation Amnesty International made 49 returns in regard to lobbying of public representatives in Ireland. Of that 18 of  the returns referred to lobbying regarding the issuing of abortion.

This seems to be a developing story.

We have set out below links to the annual accounts for Amnesty International Ireland for  the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 inclusive for your reference.

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Family Planning Association Limited (company registration number 028395). The organisation was exposed by an undercover operation in 2012 as a shoddy setup and among other things was revealed to be providing life endangering advice to pregnant women. The Irish Independent carried the story which led to a Garda investigation and a HSE enquiry.

Despite the fact that it openly campaigns for abortion in Ireland it actually has a charity number (CHY 5694).

Most people probably don’t know that the Irish Family Planning Association is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood.

The latter have been caught on video having the most vile, horrific and disturbing discussions possible as they arrange how to best harvest body parts from aborted babies. They haggle over prices, with one saying she ‘wants a Lamborghini’. Planned Parenthood’s lab techs laugh as they pick through the torn bodies of unborn children and remark that getting eyeballs is ‘easy’, or casually pick up a tiny arm or leg. These videos are difficult to watch; they make you feel not just nauseous but heartsick, because selling baby parts is a shocking trade that has long been part of the abortion industry. For the vast majority of ordinary decent people, the inhumanity captured in the videos is simply inexplicable.

The IFPA boasted in its 2012 Annual Report that it received International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Member Association Award in acknowledgement of its “campaigning for the right to abortion in Ireland”. Planned Parenthood has donated funds to its Irish operation, though that funding pales in comparison to the tens of millions of euro received by the IFPA from the Irish taxpayer  as they push for abortion.

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This organisation despite engaging in political campaigning has received funds of $150,000 from the US based Soros/Open Society Foundation as part of its campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment. These funds were revealed by DC Leaks and not by the organisation itself.

The group received the grant in January 2016 after submitting an application to fund a project directed towards, among other things, the “strategic goal of garnering support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution”.

Faced with requests from SIPO last Autumn, the Irish Family Planning Association said it was not a campaigning body and had used the €132,000 it had received for charitable and educational purposes; the commission did not pursue the matter further.

It is interesting that Irish Family Planning Association while claiming that it does not engage in political work is registered with the Register of Lobbying in Ireland. You can see this here.

We have set out below links to the annual accounts for Irish Family Planning Association for the years 2001 2002 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2014 2015 for your reference.

Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC)

The Abortion Rights Campaign Limited (company registration number 573445) is a pro-choice lobby group and campaigns for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. This organisation despite engaging in political campaigning has received funds of $24,999 from the US based Soros/Open Society Foundation as part of Soros/Open Society Foundation Plan to repeal the 8th Amendment. As with the donations to Amnesty International Ireland and the IFPA these funds were revealed by DC Leaks and not by the organisation itself. It is not clear what other funds the Abortion Rights Campaign receives from abroad.

It was reported that the organisation had to return the grant of $24,999 to the Open Societies Foundation after being forced to do so by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).

The group received the grant in January 2016 after submitting an application to fund a campaign towards the “strategic goal of garnering support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution”.

A Freedom of Information Act request , revealed that Standards in Public Office Commission requested documentation regarding their grant application to Open Society Foundations. At this stage the Abortion Rights Campaign became uncooperative and only complied with this request after SIPO informed them that if this did not happen they would refer the matter to An Garda Síochána.

After examining these documents the Standards in Public Office Commission advised them that as they had sought overseas funding for a campaign with a domestic political purpose, they were in breach of the law and under threat of a Garda investigation they returned  the money to Open Society Foundations.

We have set out below links to the annual accounts for the Abortion Rights Campaign Limited for all years 2013 to 2015.

As a society do we really want to change the constitution changed by a campaign being funded by powerful interests at home and abroad?

More information regarding funding of these organisations via various Government Departments to follow. If you have validated information about other funding received by the organisations outlined please submit it via the comments below and if it is verifiable, admins will add it to this report. All information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and the anonymity of such persons assured.

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