The accounts for the Irish branch of US anti-abortion and anti-gender rights group Human Life International (HLI) show annual income of almost €1m for the last number of years. In returns made to the Companies Registration Office (CRO), and which are also available on the group’s website, income of €781,992 is recorded for the 2020 financial year. The previous year shows income of €900,085 for the registered charity. HLI Ireland’s stated mission purpose is to promote “the authentic teachings of the religion of the Catholic Church in life, faith and family, by prayer, service and education”. And this means running the anti-abortion pregnancy counselling service Ask Majella, campaigning against the use of contraceptives, and “Unmasking the truth about the dangers of [sic] new age movement” as well as a host of other Catholic endeavours.
Co-director and chairperson of HLI Ireland, Patrick Buckley, has also been linked to a Russian oligarch closely associated with the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin.
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