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  • 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:

Irish Aid18,373,00017,566,00018,551,000
DFID (UK)8,835,0005,509,0003,596,000
THET (DFID)2,459,0002,302,0001,877,000
Australian Aid1,829,000653,000--
EU & ECHO1,021,000950,0002,509,000
UN Agencies521,000240,000--
Development Grant Facility (World Bank)307,000----
UN Agencies – goods in kind140,00081,000--
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).

Political Advocacy

  • 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).
  • Trócaire has launched a campaign – consisting of a video, petition, and public displays – marking “the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, and the 10th anniversary of the blockade of Gaza.”The campaign consists of false accusations and propaganda, and erases the need for security due to terrorism.
  • In July 2017, Trócaire and producer John McColgan released “This Is Palestine,” a 50-minute documentary that claims to explore “the impact of ongoing conflict and military occupation on the people who live there.” The documentary promotes a one-sided Palestinian narrative and features interviews with officials from political NGOs such as Youth Against Settlements, CaritasBreaking the Silence, and Rabbis for Human Rights.
  • 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:

Zochrot201347,960Collecting testimonies project
Who Profits201685,068Research
Coalition of Women for Peace201324,179“Who Profits?” Project
Breaking the Silence2016105,865General support
Gisha2015211,530Promote the honoring of international law within the Israeli authorities
B’Tselem201621,236General Support
201661,479General training
2015104,331General Support
Rabbis for Human Rights2013213,818N/A

Caritas agencies’ funding to Trócaire

SCIAF (Scotland)1,552,0001,244,0001,275,000
Catholic Relief Services (USA)969,0001,456,000--
Cafod (England and Wales)590,000358,000230,000
Caritas Spain450,000200,000300,000
Caritas Australia168,000216,000139,000
Development & Peace (Canada)140,000129,000148,000
Caritas Korea91,00073,00078,000
Caritas New Zealand84,000156,000--
Caritas Japan20,00020,00020,000
Caritas Italy15,00040,00050,000
Cordaid (The Netherlands)--814,000--
Secours Catholique (France)--972,000952,000
Caritas Austria----100,000



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