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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Funding (23 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: Amnesty International Ireland is the Irish branch of the international non-Governmental organisation, Amnesty International. Amnesty International Ireland uses human rights education to encourage the development of skills and attitudes that will promote equality, dignity, and respect, both in the community and internationally. The Department of Foreign Affairs has provided funding to Amnesty...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 29, 45, 47 and 53 together. I am gravely concerned by the worsening situation in Tigray and other parts of Ethiopia, including the recent escalation in military operations and declaration of a state of emergency which are magnifying the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Through our bilateral engagements, as well as within the European Union and at the UN...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland's Official Development Assistance (ODA), is directed through multilateral and bilateral channels, to countries and people who are in greatest need. There is a specific emphasis across our work on addressing hunger and ensuring human rights are met. This is reflected in A Better World, Ireland's international development policy, which identifies food as a key area for intervention, and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 42, 55 and 56 together. Last month’s military coup was a major setback to Sudan’s hard-won democratic transition. The military leadership’s violent crackdown on the country’s civilian and civil society leadership, mass detention of protestors and methodical dismantling of transitional institutions are unacceptable. It is...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Climate Change Negotiations (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: My Department was actively involved in both the preparations for, and the discussions at, COP26 in Glasgow this year. Both Minister Coveney and I each attended in Glasgow for one day, participating in stakeholder events and also having bilateral meetings. Ahead of COP26, my Department worked closely with officials in the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, which...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 63 together. The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on education across the globe. For public health reasons, 1.6 billion young people were unable to attend school for long periods, and some are still not back in school. These school closures exacerbated existing inequalities, with those children most marginalised before COVID-19 having...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Programmes (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Ireland Fellows Programme brings promising mid-career professionals from partner countries to study for a master’s-level qualification at a University or Institute of Technology in Ireland. The programme is run by the Development Cooperation and Africa Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which manages and implements the Irish Aid international development programme....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 207, 208 and 209 together. I strongly condemn the continued violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab. Ireland supports EU, UN and other international efforts to reduce their influence, and to prevent their attacks, especially against civilians, and humanitarian workers and facilities. Through the Irish Aid programme and as an EU Member State, my...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (18 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland's Official Development Assistance (ODA), is directed through multilateral and bilateral channels, to countries and people who are in greatest need. A Better World, Ireland's international development policy, emphasizes this approach throughout. The policy confirms Ireland's emphasis on the key sectors that affect the poorest most, such as education, health, and food, and a commitment...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (16 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 309 and 310 together. I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 84 of 22 September 2021, Parliamentary Questions No. 131, 135 and 158 of 24 June 2021, Parliamentary Questions No. 304, 305 and 311 of 26 May 2021, Parliamentary Questions No. 303 and 310 of 26 May 2021 and Parliamentary Question No. 777 of 24 March 2021 on international election...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (16 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I am gravely concerned by the situation in Afghanistan, which is now one of worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Over half of the population are facing acute food insecurity. In response, the Government through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme, Irish Aid, has provided €3 million in humanitarian support for the people of Afghanistan since mid-August, bringing...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (9 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 369 together. In 2019 the people of Sudan achieved a path to democratic civilian government following thirty years of military rule. While there has been significant progress since then, the relationship between the military and civilian elements of its government has become increasingly fraught in recent months culminating in a coup on 24-25...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (4 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I am deeply concerned by the worsening crisis in Ethiopia, as the conflict in Tigray and other parts of northern Ethiopia extends further throughout the country. The declaration by the Ethiopian government on 2 November of a state of emergency is indicative of a continuing deterioration in the situation. As famine-like conditions are reported, and in light of ongoing military clashes, there...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (2 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I remain deeply concerned by the human rights and humanitarian situation in Tigray, including the ongoing blockade of the region and attacks on humanitarian workers. As famine-like conditions are reported, and in light of the new ground offensive, there is an urgent need for full humanitarian access, a negotiated ceasefire, and the commencement of political dialogue to find a resolution to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (2 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: The increase in the overseas development aid allocation for 2022 to which the Deputy refers will be distributed across a number of ODA-disbursing Departments including the Department of Finance, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Health, and the Department of Children, Equality, Youth, Inclusion and Disability. It also includes an increase in Ireland's...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (2 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: Although Sudan was not on the agenda for the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on 18 October, the European Union reacted quickly to the military coup which began in Sudan on 25 October. High Representative Josep Borrell issued a statement on 26 October on behalf of the European Union, which condemned the coup and warned of serious consequences if the move to dismantle the transitional...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (2 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 450, 451 and 452 together. In Budget 2022 €1.044 billion was allocated to overseas development aid, the highest ever amount allocated to ODA by any Government. This is an increase of €176 million on the 2021 allocation or, in percentage terms, a 20.3% increase in the overall cash allocation. Given the strength of the economic recovery, I...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Funding (2 Nov 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Global Citizenship Education budget is managed by the GCE Unit in my Department. Global Citizenship Education covers a range of global issues including sustainability and climate action as well as topics such as global poverty and hunger, gender equality and migration. We work closely with the Department of Education in support of the roll out of the National Strategy on Education...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (19 Oct 2021)

Colm Brophy: I remain deeply concerned by the human rights and humanitarian situation in Tigray, including the ongoing blockade of the region and attacks on humanitarian workers. As famine-like conditions are reported, and in light of the recent ground offensive, there is an urgent need for full humanitarian access, a negotiated ceasefire, and the commencement of political dialogue to find a resolution to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (19 Oct 2021)

Colm Brophy: I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Questions No. 303, 304, 305, 310 and 311 of 26 May 2021, Parliamentary Question No. 777 of 24 March 2021 and Parliamentary Question No. 84 of 22 September 2021 on international election observation.  The Department of Foreign Affairs facilitates an Election Observation Roster of suitably skilled and vetted volunteers who are available to...

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