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McHugh, Joe

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Overseas Development Aid Expenditure

The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s overseas aid programme, and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. In the Programme for Government we have set out our ambition to make ...More Button

Yesterday, the OECD published the official ODA figures for 2016. I am pleased to report that Ireland’s total contribution to ODA in 2016, increased by some 12 % on the 2015 levels, to €725 milli...More Button

The challenge now is to continue to make sustained, manageable progress in meeting our commitment towards moving towards the UN target, while ensuring our aid programme continues to focus relentl...More Button

Humanitarian Aid Provision

Ireland continues to respond to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian need as a result of crises across the Middle East. We have provided a total of €76.5 million in humanitarian assistance for...More Button

The number of people who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of these conflicts continues to grow. When I visited Lebanon and Jordan last month I witnessed for myself the needs of p...More Button

At the conference co-chaired by the EU and the UN last week in Brussels, the international community pledged a total of $6 billion for critical humanitarian programmes to assist Syria and the reg...More Button

We will continue to monitor the situation in Syria, Iraq and the wider region closely. Providing safe havens within conflict zones is extremely difficult however, especially where civilian prote...More Button

The Government shares the deep concern internationally at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Conflict, drought and loss of livelihoods are forcing people to f...More Button

In 2016, Ireland provided some €195 million in humanitarian assistance to people affected by crises worldwide. Our assistance is focused on saving lives and alleviating suffering by providing fo...More Button

The continued provision of timely humanitarian assistance by the international community is essential. Last month, Ireland provided €11 million in support to our humanitarian partners in the Hor...More Button

In view of the scale of the humanitarian crisis affecting Yemen, Ireland has provided almost €6 million in humanitarian assistance since 2015, to our partners’ operations in the country.More Button

We will continue to monitor these crises closely and to provide life-saving assistance to people in need.More Button

  Question No. 64 answered with Question No. 30.More Button

Ireland continues to respond to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian need resulting from ongoing conflict and violence in Syria and Iraq, including through support to neighbouring countries, wh...More Button

Since 2012, we have provided a total of €76.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the Syria crisis. At the conference co-chaired by the EU and the UN in Brussels last week, I promised that Ir...More Button

Our funding is channeled through a range of partners, including UN organisations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and NGOs, who are best placed to respond. These partners ...More Button

Through our annual contributions to the EU, Ireland is supporting the EU’s humanitarian response in Syria and Iraq, including the Turkey Refugee Facility. Funding from the Facility has been used...More Button

Since 2012, we have also deployed 43 experts through our Rapid Response Corps to the Balkans and Middle East, to work with UN agencies responding to migration challenges resulting from the Syrian...More Button

Given the volatile situation in Iraq, we expect to provide additional funds to the UN’s Iraq humanitarian operation this year, focusing on the needs of the displaced.More Button

We are continuing to monitor developments in the region very closely and will work with partners to ensure that our assistance helps to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including displaced ...More Button

In 2016, Ireland provided over €190 million globally in humanitarian assistance to people affected by crisis and conflict, including in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria. The funding is direct...More Button

In 2016, we also provided €7.5 million in core funding to UNICEF, the UN Agency which leads the work globally to provide clean drinking water in humanitarian crises. Water is a basic need and fu...More Button

The latest UNICEF figures on water and sanitation in emergencies show that, despite progress in many areas, significant work is still required to ensure that people in humanitarian situations can...More Button

Specifically, Irish Aid works with partner organisations to meet the water, sanitation and hygiene needs of those affected by conflict and violence, as well as other humanitarian crises. Since t...More Button

Through such partnerships and through our engagement at international level on our humanitarian and development programmes, Ireland continues to support the rights of every man, woman and child t...More Button

The international community is currently challenged by the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises globally, as a result of war and conflict, drought and famine and the devastation caused by nat...More Button

The UN has identified the emergencies, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen as particularly complex crises in conflict situations which have resulted in significant displacement, food insecurity, rising maln...More Button

Ireland’s assistance is focused on where needs are greatest, providing support to the most vulnerable and hard to reach populations, and we are committed to responding in a timely and effective m...More Button

At the World Humanitarian Summit, which I attended in Istanbul last May, significant commitments were made by donors, including 35 specific commitments by Ireland, to ensure faster and more effec...More Button

The provision of effective humanitarian assistance is a key foreign policy priority for the Government. Ireland provided over €190 million in humanitarian funding in 2016 to assist people affected ...More Button

The ability to deliver international aid to vulnerable populations according to their need is critical. Ireland works at EU and UN level to advocate for increased humanitarian access, more effect...More Button

In addition, the International Committee of the Red Cross, to which we provided €14 million in 2016, reminds authorities and others of their legal obligations under international humanitarian law...More Button

The ongoing crises in the Middle East and Africa illustrate clearly the need for the UN, in particular, to enhance its capacity to respond more effectively to conflict and the associated need for...More Button

The blockages at the Security Council in recent years have prevented the international community from acting together in a way that would allow civilians in conflict zones to be afforded greater ...More Button

Election Monitoring Missions

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade maintains and administers a roster of observers for election observation missions, organised in the main by the EU and OSCE.

  The cur...More Button

Overseas Development Aid

There is no doubt that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union presents unprecedented political, economic and diplomatic challenges for Ireland, extending right across the po...More Button

The UK is a major contributor to the EU’s aid budgets. Its share of the off-budget 2014-2020 European Development Fund is 14.68% or €4.48 billion out of a total of €30.5 billion. Ireland’s share...More Button

In addition to the impact on levels of funding, if the UK were absent from policy debate, there would be a significant impact in terms of our shared policy objectives in EU discussions. These in...More Button

For now, of course, the UK is participating fully in EU development funding and policy discussions. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the UK on development issues and to strength...More Button

The issue of tax transparency and financial regulation in the event of any move to Ireland by international financial sector companies is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance.More Button

  Question No. 60 answered with Question No. 57.More Button

International Terrorism

The Government has consistently condemned the human rights abuses being perpetrated by Al Shabaab and by Boko Haram, which remain a threat to the peace, stability and prosperity of Somalia and Nige...More Button

In Somalia, progress has been made in containing the threat of Al Shabaab. The Somali Government is supported by the African Union, and the EU and UN, in working to improve security. The United...More Button

In 2016 the EU pledged up to €50 million in support of the Multinational Joint Taskforce, which supports 8,700 troops from Nigeria and other West African countries. Since 2015 Ireland has provid...More Button

Al Shabaab and Boko Haram create an environment of insecurity resulting humanitarian crises that make it difficult to meet humanitarian needs. Every effort is taken to ensure that international ...More Button

We are continuing to monitor developments in relation to both Al Shabaab and Boko Haram, and to work with the relevant Governments, regional authorities and other key partners to address the huma...More Button

I am deeply concerned by the human rights abuses being perpetrated by Boko Haram, including the taking hostage of women and girls. More Button

We, and the broader international community, have consistently called on all parties to ensure that abductions and kidnappings by Boko Haram and other groups cease and that all those who have bee...More Button

The UN estimates that, since 2012, thousands of women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram. During this time, more than 1,000 child abductees have escaped or been rescued. The risk of abd...More Button

Since they were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014, Ireland has consistently called for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls. I welcomed the news in October 2016 of the release of 21 girls fo...More Button

The international community remains engaged in dialogue with the Nigerian Government on how to enhance security and build safe communities. In order to assist the Nigerian Government in creating...More Button

Ireland will continue to monitor developments closely through our embassy in Abuja, which remains in close contact with the Nigerian authorities on the threat posed by Boko Haram.More Button