Mission: ‘To promote and maximise support for changes in Ireland’s domestic and foreign policies which advance the achievement of self-determination and other fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.’
We are an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation. We maintain an independent position on internal politics and divisions within Palestine and do not adopt policy or political positions on matters others than those fully consistent with the organisation’s mission statement.
Our work is primarily carried out by a Board of volunteers. In March 2021 we appointed a part-time Coordinator to support our work. We seek financial support for individual projects and rely on the generous contributions of our supporters for specific pieces of work. We are a company limited by guarantee. We do not have a membership outside of the Board but invite those who support our work to formally register as a supporter and to make a financial contribution to our work.
The Sadaka Board
Marie Crawley (Chair) email@example.com
Marie Crawley currently works as a Senior Manager within a state agency with responsibility for children and families. She formerly worked as a consultant specialising in the areas of strategic and operational planning, project evaluation gender equality, cross-community dialogue and organisational effectiveness. Marie is the co-author of numerous publications on gender proofing and mainstreaming commissioned both by the Irish government and the NI Assembly. She has designed and delivered numerous training programmes in the area of gender proofing and mainstreaming to Government Departments in Ireland, North and South and with the Government of the Republic of Armenia. Marie has also authored many reports on minority experiences, gender equality and policy to practice handbooks.
A former Vice-Chair of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, she contested elections in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. For over 25 years, Marie has served on numerous NGO / statutory partnerships throughout Ireland, mainly in the areas of rural development, gender equality and the implementation of peace and reconciliation programmes. A former Chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Marie has a long standing involvement in Palestinian solidarity work and visits the West Bank annually. She is a co-founder of Sadaka.
Val Roche (Vice-Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
Val Roche is an activist with over 50 years experience working on international and local development issues in Ireland, Latin America, Africa and Asia. In the 1970s, she lived and worked in El Salvador where she was involved in community organisation and activation. In the early 1980s, she worked for the government of Nicaragua establishing research and documentation systems and centres. Returning to Ireland in the 1980s, Val worked as a Project Officer in Trócaire and subsequently as a free-lance consultant with the EU, Dept. of Foreign Affairs and numerous international development organisations.
For many years, Val was the Managing Director and owner of a long-established family business, ‘The Woollen Mills’, one of the most iconic buildings and businesses in Dublin’s city centre, established over 100 years ago and a former workplace of one James Joyce! Val gained substantial knowledge of financial and human resource management and all aspects of business organisation and strategy in this role. Val’s interest in Palestine dates back to 1967 and she passionately believes that the plight of the Palestinian people is the greatest international injustice of our times.
Stella Carroll (Media Officer) email@example.com
Stella Carroll has been working actively for Justice and Human Rights in Palestine for over fifteen years. She has visited the region as a journalist, a volunteer and as a Human Rights witness with the World Council of Churches as part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
Currently working in an IT/Digital marketing company, Stella is a former journalist and worked with R.T.E. in both radio and television for many years. She now writes on a freelance basis.
An active Trade Union member, Stella is also involved in numerous community and voluntary organisations, particularly in relation to the arts and social inclusion in Sligo, Ireland. She has written numerous highly acclaimed plays for youth theatre.
Justin Kilcullen worked thirty two years in Trócaire, one of Ireland’s leading development NGOs. He served twenty years as CEO. Justin left Trócaire in 2013 and retrained as an Executive and Business Coach. He mentors senior managers in the not-for-profit sector, both in Ireland and internationally.
As well as serving as a board member of SADAKA Justin is Chair of Social Justice Ireland, and a member of a number of other voluntary organisation boards. He is Convenor of SAGE-Shankill Action for a Green Earth, an ecumenical community initiative to counter climate change. On the international level Justin represents European Development NGOs in the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness, a constituent body of the UNDP/OECD Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Born in Dublin, Justin graduated from UCD in architecture. He worked in Tanzania, designing low cost housing, in Belfast working on inner city social housing, and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, constructing refugee camps in Cambodia. He was awarded the International Union of Architects medal for the promotion of human settlements (2002).
Gerry Liston firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry Liston is Sadaka's legal officer. He is a qualified solicitor and practiced briefly in the areas of criminal and civil litigation. In 2016 he graduated with a degree in international human rights law (first-class honours) from the Irish Centre for Human Rights in NUI Galway and is currently undertaking a PhD there. He now works with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), an NGO he helped to establish, which pursues innovative legal actions across borders, challenging states and other powerful actors involved with human rights violations. His work with GLAN focuses on a range of issues including climate change, forced labour and accountability for torture.
Gerry Liston drafted the Occupied Territories Bill in 2016 and subsequently worked closely with Senator Frances Black's office in preparing the legislation for the Seanad in 2018. Gerry is the legal expert on the Occupied Territories Bill campaign team and continues to work on the Bill as it makes its way through the Irish parliament in his dual capacity as legal officer with GLAN and Sadaka.
Gerry spent the summer of 2011 as a research intern for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, he lived in Aida refugee camp.
Eamonn Meehan was Deputy Director of Trocaire from 2002 to 2013 and Executive Director of Trocaire from 2013 to 2018. He is currently studying for an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Joan Nolan email@example.com
Joan Nolan is a retired P.A. who worked in various sectors during her career. With a long standing interest in Middle East politics, Joan is an annual visitor to Palestine where she has witnessed at first hand the situation on the ground. Joan is an active supporter of justice for Palestine.
Bertie Ó hAinmhire firstname.lastname@example.org
Bertie Ó hAinmhire is from Cois Fharraige in Conamara, he studied at UCD and NUI Galway and holds a Masters Degree in Innovation Management in the Public Service from the University of Ulster. Bertie worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs for a number of years, he served in the Irish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and worked as Private Secretary to several Ministers of State dealing specifically with Overseas Aid. Bertie subsequently transferred to na Forbacha in Galway and served there in various capacities for over 20 years dealing with the Irish language, Community Development, the Offshore Islands and Gaeltacht planning.
Bertie has a profound love of the Irish language and has done a large amount of voluntary work in this area both inside and outside the Gaeltacht. He has a great interest in third world affairs having travelled throughout much of Africa, he is a volunteer with Trócaire and a member of the Galway Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Mona Sabella email@example.com
Mona Sabella is a Palestinian human rights and humanitarian law advocate. She is the coordinator of the Corporate Accountability Working Group at the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net). She previously worked in Geneva with the Cairo Institute for Human Right Studies and with Front Line Defenders in Dublin as an advocate for the rights of communities and human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa, focusing particularly on Yemen, Libya, and Palestine.
In Geneva, Mona advocated strongly for the establishment of numerous human rights resolutions, including one that established the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen and the UN Database of businesses contributing to Israeli settlements that are illegal under international law. For several years, Mona led legal research and advocacy on corporate accountability and colonial practices of dispossession affecting human rights in Palestine working as UN Officer for Al-Haq in Palestine.
Mona holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (University of Essex, England) and BA in International Relations and Politics (Earlham College, USA). In 2007, Mona lived in Derry for six months learning about the Irish struggle for freedom and feels a deep connection between Irish and Palestinian freedom.
Sadaka Coordinator (part-time)
Jennifer Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Byrne is a PhD student at NUI Galway in the area of gender and disability studies. She has been involved with international development since 2009, and has worked for a number of NGOs both within Ireland and abroad.
Jennifer's main areas of interest include women’s empowerment, disability studies, and conflict resolution. In 2017, Jennifer visited Palestine for the first time, and has been speaking to community groups and young people about her experiences ever since. She is a passionate advocate for justice and human rights all over the world.