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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (28 Apr 2022)

Colm Brophy: A feature of the war on Ukraine is that 90% of those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes are women and children, which makes them highly vulnerable.  Among these vulnerabilities is that women's access to health and other social services has been severely impacted, and a tenet of the €20 million Irish Aid response to date has been to ensure that these women are...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Electoral Process (26 Apr 2022)

Colm Brophy: I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Questions No. 410 of 24 November 2020, No. 425 of 18 May 2021, No. 304 of 26 May 2021, No. 310 of 16 November 2021, No. 77 of 26 January 2022, No. 387 of 8 February 2022, No. 401 of 22 February 2022 and No. 391 of 1 March 2022. Ireland's current International Election Observation Roster of 197 volunteers, facilitated by my...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (26 Apr 2022)

Colm Brophy: In its review of Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) published in 2020, the OECD found Ireland to be an excellent humanitarian partner, with a large share of ODA going to fragile contexts. That report highlighted how Ireland uses diplomatic, development and humanitarian tools, aligned with flexible funding models to deliver results.  It is this combined model which is...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (30 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Through the Irish Aid programme, my Department has already provided at least €20 million in humanitarian aid to those individuals immediately affected by the crisis resulting from the invasion of Ukraine. In addition to responding to the needs of those directly affected by the conflict, I am concerned about its wider impact, including on food security. Ukraine and Russia are leading...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Programmes (29 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme is part of the Ireland Fellows Programme, which brings promising mid-career professionals from partner countries each year to study for a master’s-level qualification at a University or Institute of Technology in Ireland. The Ireland Fellows Programme dates back to 1974 and is an integral part of my Department's Irish Aid international...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Overseas Development Aid (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Deputy is quite right in his analysis. We are working with the World Food Programme. As a small country, our best involvement is through large international organisations. Under our commitment with the World Food Programme we have put in €75 million from 2022 to 2024, increasing support to it. The Deputy is right to highlight that in a number of countries where the World Food...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Overseas Development Aid (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I agree with the Deputy's emphasis on the longer term approach, particularly in respect of climate financing and adaptation. We are absolutely certain that a set of programmes is needed that enable food production to take place in a more localised way and make it as independent of inputs like fertilisers as possible. Stability of food production in key areas is needed. That is part of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Overseas Development Aid (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Given their important role in the world’s food system, together providing 12% of the world’s traded calories, global food security has been damaged by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The most immediate impact has been the significant increase in the prices of wheat, sunflower oil and fertiliser, which is already affecting food prices in import-dependent poorer countries. ...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sports Funding (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Deputy made an important point. One of the key things we tried to emphasise in the redesign of this fund, in conjunction with the GAA, was to move away from once-off sponsorship and to a programme of ongoing development, particularly in respect of trying to strengthen clubs at grassroots level and the skill level to benefit clubs. This refocusing is designed to give a much longer-term...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sports Funding (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The global games development fund is a matching funding partnership between my Department and the GAA that supports community-orientated GAA activities abroad. Established in 2012, it has been remarkably successful in the development of Gaelic games internationally and benefits hundreds of Irish communities abroad. It has grown from 14 projects in 2013 to over 100 projects this year....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sports Funding (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: We are always looking to expand and see what involvement we can have. What we are doing in the GAA provides a good template for that. Part of the programme we are looking at supporting across the diaspora is the re-energising and re-rolling out of things like the St. Patrick's Day activities and festivals. They were an integral part of the community network that was badly affected by two...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I remain very concerned by the evolving humanitarian situation in Ukraine. My Department, through Irish Aid, is guided by the need to get resources to those affected as quickly as possible. The generosity of people in Ireland towards Ukraine, the impulse to help those in need, and the strong solidarity with Ukrainians, is very welcome and is to be commended. People in Ireland who would...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 and 156 together. After more than seven years of crisis in Yemen, an estimated 23.4 million Yemenis will need humanitarian assistance during 2022. Since 2012 Ireland, through the Irish Aid programme, has disbursed just over €34 million to Yemen. Over 90% of that funding, including €6,000,000 in two separate grants in 2021, has been...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The solidarity shown by countries bordering Ukraine in taking in millions of refugees over a period of a few weeks has been remarkable. Their solidarity must now be matched by other EU Member States and Ireland will not be found wanting. As of last weekend, over 9000 Ukrainians had come to Ireland, with a whole of Government response being put in place to assist their stay. I would like to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Access (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I am extremely concerned by the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, which now has the highest number of people in emergency food insecurity in the world. In addition to responding to humanitarian need with over €5 million in Irish Aid funding last year, Ireland has been active on Afghanistan at the UN and within the European Union. Since mid-August 2021, the UN Security...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The solidarity shown by countries bordering Ukraine in taking in millions of refugees over a period of a few weeks has been remarkable. Their solidarity must now be matched by other EU Member States and Ireland will not be found wanting. As of last weekend, over 9000 Ukrainians had come to Ireland, with a whole of Government response being put in place to assist their stay. I would like to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland has provided considerable diplomatic support for Ukraine. Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders is unwavering. Since Russia’s further large-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ireland has stated clearly that this is a blatant violation of the UN Charter and a breach of international law for which...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Funding (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Global Games Development Fund is a matching funding partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the GAA to promote and support community orientated GAA activities abroad. First established in 2012, the Fund has been remarkably successful, helping both the development of Gaelic Games internationally and benefiting hundreds of local Irish communities in which the games...

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