Dáil debates

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Disaster Response

10:00 pm

Photo of Colm BrophyColm Brophy (Dublin South West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

There is, and that is why we put the supplementary amount of €30 million in place this year. That is why most of that will go into Somalia and will go into our partners who are on the ground in a position to immediately deliver on that.

I thank the Deputy for acknowledging there is incredible work being done by Ms Samantha Power in USAID in terms of this. With ourselves, they are probably to the forefront in highlighting the issues involved and in putting the supports and structures in place to try to make a real difference on the ground.

We need to continue to advocate strongly for more involvement. I will be raising this with my ministerial colleagues at our next European Council of Ministers meeting because this is the number one issue we are facing in Africa in terms of the potential for catastrophic famine. We need to act now before the famine and before those images that we all remember with such horror are a day-to-day occurrence on our television screens.


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