Monday, 18th February 2019
Following an article published by the Sunday Times (on 10/02/2019) about grant funding the ICCL received from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), ICCL Executive Director, Liam Herrick wrote a letter to the paper to clear up a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations contained within the article.
The letter was published in the Letter & Emails section of the most recent edition of The Sunday Times (published on 17/02/2018).
(letter as published)
Your article entitled “Soros gave €50,000 to civil liberties chief” (News, last week) contains a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations which must be clarified.
You create the impression that money was given by Open Society Foundations (OSF) to me personally rather than to the organisation, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL). Nowhere is it made clear that the funds are available solely for the use of ICCL.
In fact the funding is spread over two years and is being used to fund organisational and staff development, including training. The funds were granted for the use of ICCL, and not for personal use or at personal discretion.
Furthermore, the impression was created that the grant from the George Soros fund may have been given or received in violation of Irish law, specifically with regard to the obligations of the Electoral Act 1997. This is untrue, as there was no such requirement in this instance.
Liam Herrick, Irish Council for Civil Liberties
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