‘Maximising support in Ireland for the freedom and rights of the Palestinian people’
Sadaka was established in 2009 and is committed to:
- An end to the illegal Israeli Occupation and colonisation of Palestine;
- The creation of a contiguous Palestinian state;
- The ‘right of return’ of all Palestinian refugees and a guarantee of their human rights in whatever country they now live;
- Abolition of existing settlements/colonies, withdrawal of settlers from the West Bank and an immediate end to settlement construction;
- The release of all Palestinian political prisoners.
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 carried out by a Board of volunteers. We do not have funding to employ staff. 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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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. For more information, see: www.mariecrawley.com
Hilary Minch (Deputy Chair) email@example.com
Hilary Minch is an international development worker with a 1st class MSc in Development Studies from University College Dublin (UCD). Hilary has filled a variety of programme, policy and advocacy roles spanning the emergency and development spectrum in Ireland, Africa and the Middle East. Currently working with Irish Aid agency GOAL on its largest ever humanitarian programme for the Syria response, Hilary has previously worked with Irish Catholic Development agency Trócaire, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Dóchas, Comhlámh and Aidlink.
Prior to embarking on a career as an aid worker, Hilary spent three years living in Japan on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme and travelled extensively in the region. Following this, she returned to education and received a 1st class Higher Diploma in Business Studies from UCD before working as a marketing executive for a number of Irish companies in the ICT and business advisory sectors.
Hilary has visited Palestine frequently since 2006 and participated in the Gaza Freedom March which attempted to break the siege of Gaza in December 2009. Hilary also served as a human rights observer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), spending 5 months in Palestine in 2011 where she witnessed Israel's War Crimes on a daily basis.
Stella Carroll (Media Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Gerry Liston email@example.com
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.
Joan Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Val Roche email@example.com
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.
Liam White qualified as a social worker in 1994 from the University of Ulster. Since then Liam has worked throughout Ireland in various social work roles. Liam currently works as a Family Support Manager with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Liam holds a Masters Degree in Family Support Studies and obtained a PhD in 2015 from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Liam’s research area is in reflective practice in child care and family support service provision. He has a particular interest in the area of children`s rights and in particular, advocacy on behalf of children whose rights are being denied or diluted. Liam is a strong supporter of social justice and the achievement of equality, self-determination and parity of esteem, both in Irish society and in an international context.
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).