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

Colm Brophy: Moldova’s response to this crisis, in particular its hosting of large numbers of refugees, has been very impressive. It is important that Ireland maintains the spirit of solidarity that has characterised our response to the Ukraine crisis, including supporting Moldova in its response. One quarter of the initial €20 million Irish Aid humanitarian response package has been...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Climate Change Policy (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Programme for Government tasked the Department of Foreign Affairs with devising a strategy to scale up Ireland’s climate finance contributions. At COP26 in 2021, the Taoiseach announced that Ireland will more than double its international climate finance, reaching at least €225 million per year by 2025. The target represents a significant increase on current levels of...

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

Colm Brophy: Humanitarian contexts affect women and children more heavily. Evidence tells us that they are time and again disproportionately affected by conflict and natural disasters, exacerbating pre-existing gender norms and inequalities. Humanitarian crises disrupt family and social networks, change the roles played by different genders and break down protection structures. Existing inequalities...

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

Colm Brophy: The Horn of Africa is undergoing significant political turmoil and conflict, as shifting regional and geopolitical dynamics intertwine with grave climate, economic, humanitarian and security challenges. Conflicts such as that in northern Ethiopia (in which Eritrean forces are also embroiled), the conflict and violence in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, the ongoing efforts to ensure a...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Disaster Response (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Disasters caused by natural hazards affect more than 350 million people every year, in almost every country and territory. In addition to the tragic loss of life, disasters force millions from their homes and impact on their abilities to earn a living or grow food. It is too often the most vulnerable people in societies who are most affected by natural disasters, which impact...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Disaster Response (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: At the beginning of each year the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs prepares a snapshot of global humanitarian needs, the Global Humanitarian Overview, which enables donor countries, including Ireland, to direct resources to where they are most needed. The 2022 Global Humanitarian Overview shows a significant increase in the number of people in need, estimating that...

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The agenda for this week's meeting of the European Council is being discussed by EU affairs ministers at the General Affairs Council meeting today at which the Minister of State, Deputy Byrne, is representing Ireland. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Michael McGrath, has outlined his expectations for the discussions around Russia's aggression against Ukraine, security,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Irish government has made a €20 million Irish aid package available to support the humanitarian response in Ukraine and refugee host countries. This is being channelled through trusted humanitarian partners who have an established presence delivering life-saving assistance in the region. The first €10 million tranche has been allocated to UN OCHA (€3 million),...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: 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. I am also impressed by the support shown to Ireland-based Ukrainians including doctors who are working to get medical supplies to Ukraine. Networks such as those are invaluable in keeping channels open with people on...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Moldova's response to the crisis has been very impressive under extremely difficult circumstances. The €20 million Irish Aid humanitarian package responding to the Ukraine crisis includes to support to Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries, including Moldova. €5 million of the Irish Aid package is allocated to the UNHCR inter-agency Regional Response Plan (RPP) for...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland is committed to providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the most effective way possible. In keeping with the Principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship, which underpin the Irish Aid partnership approach to humanitarian action, Irish Aid provides predictable, often long-term, funding, to a range of partners, including NGOs and UN agencies like the WHO and the Red Cross Movement,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The response of Moldova to this crisis has been very impressive under extremely difficult circumstances. The €20 million Irish Aid humanitarian package responding to the crisis in Ukraine includes support to Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries, including Moldova. €5 million of the Irish Aid package is allocated to the UNHCR inter-agency Regional Response Plan (RPP)...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The response of Moldova to this crisis has been very impressive under extremely difficult circumstances. The €20 million Irish Aid humanitarian package includes to support to Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries, including Moldova.  €5 million of the Irish Aid package is allocated to the UNHCR inter-agency Regional Response Plan (RPP) for the Ukraine crisis, which...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (22 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I am deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, including in Mariupol where civilians are under siege and supplies are running out. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a long and trusted humanitarian partner of Ireland and will receive €5 million as part of the announced €20 million Irish humanitarian aid package to support Ukrainians...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukrainian War (10 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I am extremely concerned by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked attack is causing immense suffering for the people of Ukraine. Russia’s war is illegal and immoral, and Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering. Ireland will do all it can to support the humanitarian response both in...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 27 - International Co-operation (Revised)
Vote 28 - Foreign Affairs (Revised)
(10 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I thank the Chairman. I welcome this opportunity to present the 2022 Estimate for Vote 27 - international co-operation. Through Vote 27, the Department of Foreign Affairs manages just under 60% of Ireland’s official development assistance, ODA, programme, which is known to the public as Irish Aid. The Vote provides the funding necessary to deliver on the Department’s...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 27 - International Co-operation (Revised)
Vote 28 - Foreign Affairs (Revised)
(10 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I will endeavour to try to cover all of the questions and if I forget anything, please come back to me. I will comment on Moldova since the Chairman has talked about it. I have been in Moldova and have seen at first hand the reality prior to what happened in Ukraine and to this situation. The Chairman is quite right that Moldova faced enormous difficulties and problems in its own right....

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 27 - International Co-operation (Revised)
Vote 28 - Foreign Affairs (Revised)
(10 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: We are working towards that. The Ukraine situation will see refugees coming in. We have to recognise it will be additional and it will be very different from anything that has happened before, given the numbers of people arriving in a short period. I believe we should be very pleased with the manner in which we have responded and the openness and willingness shown not just by Irish people...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 27 - International Co-operation (Revised)
Vote 28 - Foreign Affairs (Revised)
(10 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: That is very important. There should be an opportunity for committee members to visit Africa and see some of the work that is taking place on the ground. Due to Covid, I spent the first year and three quarters in office without that opportunity. There is nothing as transformative and that is why I think it would be wonderful for this committee to have a chance to see on the ground the real...

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