Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs

Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Discussion with Minister of State

2:50 pm

Photo of Lucinda CreightonLucinda Creighton (Dublin South East, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The USA has a peace corps with which I have had some interaction in different parts of Africa, and it is a really good model that has worked very well. I think it was originally an initiative of the late President John F. Kennedy and is something of which young Americans are very proud. I would not agree with Senator Leyden that it could be a substitute for overseas development aid, and many people in the non-governmental organisation sector and in the Houses of the Oireachtas would probably have something to say about that too. Nevertheless, it could be complementary to aid programmes and is something I would be happy to discuss with the Tánaiste.


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