Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to

Cannon, Ciarán

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Foreign Conflicts

South Sudan continues to endure an ongoing crisis, in large part the consequence of civil war. Since the most recent outbreak of conflict in 2015, over 50,000 people have been killed and more than...More Button

On 12 September last, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, signed a peace agreement with rebel factions, opening the possibility for change. While this peace agreement has the potential to m...More Button

Ireland strongly supports efforts to build peace in South Sudan. Last November, during his visit to Addis Ababa, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade met representatives of IGAD (the Inter...More Button

Departmental officials, in particular the Embassy in Addis Ababa, which has responsibility for South Sudan, continue to monitor the situation closely and engage with local, regional and internati...More Button

In addition, Ireland is responding to the continuing humanitarian need in South Sudan, with over €61 million in humanitarian assistance provided since 2012. Over €10 million in Irish funding has ...More Button

International Election Monitoring

I refer the Deputy to the response to a previous parliamentary question on this matter, Question 69 of 7 September 2018, as well as to responses to the following related parliamentary questions: Qu...More Button

International election monitoring missions play an important role in the promotion of democracy and human rights. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade maintains a roster of observers for e...More Button

The call for applications to establish a new election observation roster was issued on 2 July. A total of 395 applications were received by the deadline of 17.30 on the 20 August 2018.More Button

All applications were subject to screening to confirm that they met the essential criteria, as set out in the Volunteer Information Booklet.More Button

The appraisal process has not yet been concluded. Training is now being put in place for the appraisal panels which will assess all those applications which met the aforementioned essential crit...More Button

As the current process remains ongoing, no consideration has been given at this stage as how future replenishments of the election observation roster would be managed..More Button