Last week, Gript reported that the Charity Regulator had written to Trócaire to basically warn them that their activity – which is supported, as John McGuirk noted, not only by state grants but by individual donations – must comply with its “stated charitable purposes.”
The letter from the Regulator had been promoted by two complaints regarding Trócaire’s seeming involvement in supporting the two rival Palestinian administrations in Gaza and on the West Bank.
It would be interesting to know, then, what the Charity Regulator has made of the fact that Trócaire is once again participating in a political event involving Palestine.
In a letter sent to TDs and Senators last Friday, Senator Frances Black – who was the main mover behind a Bill to boycott Israel – invited them to a briefing to be held in Leinster House tomorrow (Wednesday June 15).
The briefing is to be given by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and an Israeli based pro-Palestinian group B’Tselem. Senator Black describes them as “long time Irish Aid partners of both Trócaire and Christian Aid, who are hosting them in Ireland.” The political briefing is clearly one of the main focuses of their visit.
Neither the PCHR nor B’Tselem are neutral charities. B’Tselem is closely associated with the Israeli left and officially describes Israel as an “apartheid state.” That would indicate that the involvement of Trócaire, and indeed the Irish state overseas agency Irish Aid, in supporting the briefing is another example of Trócaire straying outside of its “stated charitable purposes.”
Gript contacted the office of the Charity Regulator last Friday to inquire if the Regulator was aware of Trócaire’s involvement in the briefing, and whether this might also be regarded as beyond its charitable remit.
We had received no response before publication.