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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (12 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Programme for Government has committed to making incremental, sustainable progress towards achieving the UN target of spending 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA by 2030. In Budget 2022, €1.044 billion was allocated to Official Development Assistance (ODA), the highest ever amount allocated by any Government. This is an increase of €176 million on the 2021 allocation...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (5 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland has played a leading role in the international response to the crisis in Ethiopia, at the UN Security Council, through our bilateral engagements, and within the European Union.   Since taking up our seat in January 2021, Ireland has been to the fore of the Security Council’s efforts to address the crisis in Ethiopia. We believe that the Security Council has an...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (5 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Providing assistance to refugees and safeguarding their rights remains a key part of Ireland’s foreign policy. Ireland supports refugees both through direct action and through our engagement with multilateral fora such as the EU and the UN. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (5 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland continues to play its part and encourage others to provide a safe haven for people in need of protection and humanitarian support, who are fleeing conflict and crises. Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, for example, Minister Coveney has engaged closely and regularly with his counterparts across the European Union, calling for a collective effort in terms of supporting the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (5 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland continues to play its part and encourage others to provide a safe haven for people who are fleeing conflict and crises and are in need of protection and humanitarian support. Since the onset of the war in Ukraine, for example, Minister Coveney has engaged closely and regularly with his counterparts across the European Union, calling for a collective effort in terms of supporting the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (28 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: In Budget 2022 €1.044 billion was allocated to Official Development Assistance (ODA), the highest ever amount allocated by any Government. This is an increase of €176 million on the 2021 allocation of €867 million or, in percentage terms, a 20 percent increase in the overall cash allocation. Approximately 60 percent of Ireland’s total assistance is managed by the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (28 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The 10th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights will take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone from 27 June-1 July 2022.  It is convened by the African Federation for Sexual Health and Rights and hosted by Sierra Leonean organisation Purposeful, in partnership with a number of development partners and civil society organisations, and in collaboration with the Government of Sierra...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Vaccination Programme (28 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Access to COVID Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) is the global collaborative initiative launched by the WHO to fast track the development, production, and access to COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines - for all. The initiative has brought together governments, scientists, businesses, civil society, philanthropists and global health institutions. The ACT-Accelerator has...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Disaster Response (28 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: I am deeply saddened and concerned by last Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in eastern Afghanistan and express my sincere condolences to the victims. This tragedy comes at an extremely difficult time for the people of Afghanistan, with millions facing severe hunger, including at least 20,000 people living in catastrophic food insecurity.    Ireland has significantly...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Trade Relations (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The level of economic activity between Ireland and Africa is at an all-time high. In 2021, trade in goods was at a record level of €2.41 billion. Trade in services, also at a record level of more than €4 billion, has been a particular success story, with service exports to Africa up by more than 300% in the ten years to 2020. There was an increase of 8% in Irish agrifood...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Trade Relations (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: We are acutely conscious of what is happening in Africa in terms of some of the investment that is going in there and the way in which it is being delivered, particularly with a tie to trade. Both Ireland and the EU try to focus on developing mutually beneficial relationships with Africa, that is, relationships that focus on the development of economic ties and sustainability, particularly...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Deputy should not be disingenuous.

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The priorities for the Government’s investments in international development are set out in A Better World, the white paper on international development published in 2019.  The focus is on reaching the furthest behind first, through working with those living in some of the world’s poorest or most climate-exposed countries and those living in conflict settings, with a...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: Front Line Defenders (FLD) is an Irish based international Non-Governmental Organisation that works exclusively for the protection of human rights defenders at risk globally. Headquartered in Dublin, with staff in all regions of the world, it provides rapid and practical support to human rights defenders, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected countries. In 2021, the organisation...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 and 149 together. The Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the most severe droughts in at least forty years, pushing the region close to the brink of catastrophe. Food prices are rising as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Responding, my Department through the Irish Aid programme has contributed over €48 million in direct...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Terrorism (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland strongly condemns the continued violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and al-Shabaab. Ireland supports the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN), and other international efforts to reduce the influence of Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, and to prevent their attacks, especially against civilians and humanitarian workers and facilities. Ireland continues to monitor the activities of these...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations’ core Human Rights Treaties set the framework for Ireland’s foreign policy and our international aid programme. A Better World, Ireland's international development policy, focuses Irish Aid’s work on the advancement of universal access to human rights; including the right to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (21 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the most severe droughts in at least forty years, pushing the region close to the brink of catastrophe. Food prices are rising as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Responding, my Department through the Irish Aid programme has contributed over €48 million in direct humanitarian support to drought-affected Kenya, Somalia and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (21 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Rapid Response Corps is an important element of my Department's humanitarian response capacity, complementing the support to humanitarian agencies which my Department provides through the Irish Aid programme and our diplomacy, including on the Security Council.  The Corps is a roster of dedicated experts drawn from a range of professional backgrounds applicable in humanitarian...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Religious Discrimination (16 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: I condemn the 5 June attack on innocent civilians attending St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Nigeria, in a diocese with links to Irish missionaries. This atrocious attack resulted in multiple deaths, reportedly at least 40, and many others wounded. I would like to express my deepest condolences to all of the families affected. The Embassy of Ireland in Abuja, Nigeria, is monitoring...

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