For the year ended 31/12/2013 the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, for whatever reason, filed the long form of its annual accounts. This longer format shows more details that would normally be filed with the Companies Registration Office. You can see a copy of the accounts here.

On page 18 of the annual accounts of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties  titled, Detailed Income and Expenditure Account, it states under income, ‘AP Grants’ €748,000 for 2012 and €713,000 for 2013.

Snip form ICCL accounts

It does not state in the accounts who ‘AP’ are but given the fact that the ICCL has received all its income since the early 2000s form Atlantic Philanthropies albeit through its linked charity, it is safe to assume that the AP Grant refers to Atlantic Philanthropies.

The most odd thing about this is that when contacted in 2017 by the Standards in Public Office Commission, who has requested a copy of all grant applications submitted by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties to Atlantic Philanthropies, in order to ascertain whether they had sought money for political purposes, Mr. Liam Herrick advised SIPO that ‘The ICCL has never sought funding from Atlantic Philanthropies at any point.’

If the Irish Council for Civil Liberties is not obtaining grant from Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), which I presume what this grant actually relates to, why is it being referred to as a grant from AP. This clearly contradicts the statement from Mr. Liam Herrick that ‘The ICCL has never sought funding from Atlantic Philanthropies at any point.

If Mr. Herrick is correct, why is this ‘AP’ grant money included in the accounts of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties? Are we really expected to believe that this is some sort of error that was repeated by Irish Council for Civil Liberties in two years of their accounts?

We should also bear in mind that Atlantic Philanthropies were accused by the ICCL of making an error in stating that they obtained and grant from Atlantic Philanthropies.

It seems odd that the ICCL also made the same error.