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 campaigning to repeal the 8th amendment and the introduction of a liberal abortion in Ireland. 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?

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.