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 abortion debate. 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.

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 and here’s a photo.

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 , 2013, 2014 and 2015 and The Trust For Civil Liberties, Human Rights Fundamental Freedoms Limited for the years for 2010  2011  2013 for your reference.