One of Britain’s biggest charities gave £275,000 to an Irish republican group whose offices were raided this year by anti-terrorism police investigating sex-trafficking, violent intimidation and “paramilitary-style attacks”.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust funded a support group closely linked to the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), a banned terrorist organisation. A man held in the raids was charged with running a brothel and extortion.
The York-based trust was strongly condemned yesterday by a politician from Northern Ireland’s nationalist SDLP party. She called the award “sickening”. The Charity Commission ordered the trust last night to “explain and justify” its funding decision. A source close to the regulator labelled it “astonishing and absolutely appalling”.
The Times reported this week that the trust, a Quaker organisation, had given £550,000 to a group that accused a Labour MP of “industrial-scale racism” for highlighting the sexual abuse of girls by gangs of British Pakistani men.
Didn’t they send some money Ritchie’s way? Far worse, obviously.