- Founded as the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church of Ireland; Works in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
- Trócaire’s total income in 2015-2016 was over €65.5 million (2014-2015, nearly €58 million). Total expenditures were €65.7 million (2014/2015 over €63 million).
- Trócaire claims to work “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel.” Its description of the region claims a population of 4.1 million (see below). The population of the West Bank and Gaza is appoximately 4 million, while that of Israel is over 8 million. Trócaire thus seems to serve only the population in the West Bank and Gaza, although it claims to work in Israel as well.
Funds received from governments and international institutions:
|EU & ECHO||1,021,000||950,000||2,509,000|
|Development Grant Facility (World Bank)||307,000||--||--|
|UN Agencies – goods in kind||140,000||81,000||--|
|Isle of Man Overseas Aid Committee||--||4,000||--|
In addition, Trócaire received over €4 million in 2016 (over €5.6 million in 2015) from various Catholic agencies around the world (see below).
- Trócaire funds highly politicized and biased non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) and utilize demonizing rhetoric against Israel, including Badil, Who Profits, and Al-Haq. (See below for available funding information).
- Acting against Irish government policy, Trócaire conducts a campaign to sanction Israel (and Europe) by suspending mutually beneficial trade agreements, and attempting to block Israel’s inclusion in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
- Sadaka, an Irish pro-Palestinian group, ran a campaign in advance of the February 2016 elections, lobbying candidates to sign a pledge demanding that “the Irish Government  use all institutional mechanisms at its disposal… seek an EU ban on trade and investment with Israeli colonies/settlements…[and] to suspend military export licenses to Israel and suspend Department of Defence public procurement from Israeli arms companies.” According to a Call for Proposals from December 2015, “partnership funding” for pre-election lobbying was provided by Trócaire.
- Trócaire’s educational material reflects a one-sided approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict and contains false information such as inflated casualty statistics. Joint reports with other political NGOs advance highly disputed legal claims; for instance, the blockade on Gaza is labeled “collective punishment,” and Israel is referred to as the “occupying power” in Gaza.
- In January 2016, Séan Farrell, Director of Trócaire’s International Division wrote “When all of the rhetoric is removed about security and legal processes, what is left is an illegal occupation and a systematic campaign of forced displacement, house demolition and land seizures. It is both illegal and immoral.”
- In June 2014 sponsored a Breaking the Silence photography exhibit in Dublin, claiming to portray “the day-to-day reality of service” in the West Bank. BtS “collects testimonies” from former Israeli soldiers, who repeat false allegations of “war crimes” and “violations of international law.” As NGO Monitor has demonstrated, these “testimonies” are often anonymous, based on hearsay, and stripped of context, in order to advance the political agenda of BtS activists.
- In September 2013, Trócaire co-sponsored the International Right of Return Conference that featured speakers from Zochrot, ICAHD, Badil, and other advocates for a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meaning the dismantling of Israel and of the end of the right of the Jewish people to sovereign equality.
- Published the report “Sustaining Injustice: EU trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories” (September 2012) and co-published “Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israel settlements” (October 2012), as part of an intensive lobbying effort for the EU to enact BDS policies against Israel.
- In 2007, Trócaire joined Badil in a “Call to Action,” which advocated anti-Israel boycotts and sanctions, and enlisted “journalists to organize a targeted campaign to expose the lies of AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and to expose the Jewish and Zionist community’s double standards regarding Nakba & Occupation.”
- Trócaire hired two officials who had been involved with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) to deal directly with Palestinian issues. IPSC is a radical group that advocates for BDS, including a cultural boycott of Israeli academics and artists. Trócaire’s former Palestine program officer, Garry Walsh, was National Coordinator of the IPSC; Eoin Murray, Trócaire’s former Campaigns Coordinator, was National Coordinator for the IPSC and also worked for the Palestine Centre for Human Rights in Gaza.
According to information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, the following Israeli NGOs received funding from Trócaire:
|Zochrot||2013||47,960||Collecting testimonies project|
|Coalition of Women for Peace||2013||24,179||“Who Profits?” Project|
|Breaking the Silence||2015||384,408||General support|
|Gisha||2015||211,530||Promote the honoring of international law within the Israeli authorities|
|Rabbis for Human Rights||2013||213,818||N/A|
Caritas agencies’ funding to Trócaire
|Catholic Relief Services (USA)||969,000||1,456,000||--|
|Cafod (England and Wales)||590,000||358,000||230,000|
|Development & Peace (Canada)||140,000||129,000||148,000|
|Caritas New Zealand||84,000||156,000||--|
|Cordaid (The Netherlands)||--||814,000||--|
|Secours Catholique (France)||--||972,000||952,000|
- Partner organizations include Al-Haq, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Rabbis for Human Rights, Badil, B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), Gisha, HaMoked, Who Profits, Caritas Jerusalem, Medical Aid for Palestinians, and Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.
- Trocaire claims to have 11 programme partners and three humanitarian partners.
- Member of CIDSE and represents Caritas in Ireland, which describes itself as “part of the Catholic church” and is headquartered in Vatican City. Trocaire is also one of four agencies associated with the “Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs” under the auspices of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Council.