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Seanad: Situation in the Middle East: Statements (1 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I am here with Members of the House to address both the current situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and, in particular, the issues raised in the report published on 1 February by Amnesty International. Amnesty International is a respected NGO that carries out important work around the world. The Government values the vital role it and other civil society...

Seanad: Situation in the Middle East: Statements (1 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: There are copies outside and available in the anteroom, I believe. My apologies.

Seanad: Situation in the Middle East: Statements (1 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland has been consistently clear that the restrictions imposed on Palestinians undermine the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, a right that is at the heart of the two-state solution. Ireland has been forthright in expressing concern regarding the unequal treatment of Palestinians and the application of different standards in the occupied Palestinian territories. We...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (1 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Questions No. 387 of 8 February 2022 and No. 401 of 22 February 2022 for matters relating to the Election Observation Roster. The current roster was established by my Department on 1 January 2019 for a period of five years and runs until 31 December 2023. It comprises 197 volunteers who were selected following an open and competitive application process...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Services (1 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) is a tangible expression of the Government’s support, commitment to, and interest in, global Irish communities, as outlined in Global Ireland: Ireland’s Diaspora Strategy 2020-2025.  The new strategy, a key commitment in the Programme for Government, keeps the welfare of the Irish Abroad at the heart of the ESP and it takes a more...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (1 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: UNFPA is an important Irish Aid partner, which will receive €4 million in unearmarked core funding this year. No specific funding for the UNFPA Supplies Programme is proposed.

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (22 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland's current International Election Observation Roster has 197 active members, sufficient to enable Ireland to continue to respond to calls for nominate observers to election observation missions organised by the European Union and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The current roster will expire on 31 December 2023.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Defence Forces (15 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: I am taking this Commencement matter on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Defence, Deputy Coveney. The Minister welcomes the publication of the report of the Commission on the Defence Forces. The establishment of the Commission on the Defence Forces was set out in the programme for Government and was a key priority for the Minister for Defence. The publication of the report...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Defence Forces (15 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: As the Senator will be aware, I have outlined some of the key matters in the commission's report. I will certainly take on board what she has said and the important points that she has raised and bring them to the Minister, in terms of following on from this. I reiterate that given the significant recommendations in the report, that period of consideration is required. The report will...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Diaspora Issues (8 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: I thank the Deputy for raising this topic and I pay tribute to the work which he undertook, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Minister for Justice and Equality, in regard to facilitating a whole-of-government response to issues affecting the Irish abroad, whether in the context of recent emigrants or the broader diaspora issues he is raising this evening, particularly with...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Diaspora Issues (8 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: I thank the Deputy for those remarks. I would agree very much with what he is saying. The thrust of my work since I became a Minister of State with responsibility for the diaspora has been to strengthen and deepen the ties with our diaspora. There is a need for that recognition that the Deputy talked about that it is very much a two-way street. We must deepen and strengthen ties with our...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (8 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: The current Election Observation Roster was established by my Department on 1 January 2019 for five years and runs until 31 December 2023. The roster comprises 197 volunteers, selected following an open and competitive mustering process. Rosters members are eligible for nomination at short notice to election observation missions organized by the EU and the OSCE, with decision on...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (3 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ireland, through the Irish Aid programme, has allocated over €100 million per annum in financing to global public health, with a similar volume of support is anticipated for 2022. This investment includes COVID-19 specific response measures, as well as support for strengthening health systems so that they can roll out vaccine campaigns, ensure...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (2 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: In line with A Better World, Ireland's international development policy, and international best practice, Ireland delivers its Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme through a range of different channels. These channels include funding through Multilateral Organisations, Non-Government Organisations and in partner countries amongst others. As part of Ireland's membership of the EU...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Representation (2 Feb 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Global Ireland initiative was launched in 2018 with the aim of doubling Ireland's impact, including the expansion of Ireland's global footprint. An early step in taking forward the ambition of the Global Ireland Initiative, was the upgrading in 2018 of the Irish Aid office in Monrovia, Liberia, to Embassy status. Building on Ireland’s longstanding engagement with Africa, and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Relations (27 Jan 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland’s partnership with Ethiopia is longstanding - our Embassy in Addis Ababa opened in 1994 and Ethiopia has been our largest bilateral development partner in the last five years. The situation in Tigray and in other parts of northern Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in late 2020 is of grave concern. The conflict is having a devastating impact on civilians with...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (27 Jan 2022)

Colm Brophy: Provision of assistance to refugees through the United Nations remains a critical part of Ireland's policy. This assistance is provided through a wide range of agencies (including UNICEF, OCHA, UNRWA, WFP, WHO etc.) but it is the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees worldwide and safeguard...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (27 Jan 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland’s international development policy, A Better World,puts reaching the furthest behind first at the centre of Ireland’s development cooperation. Education is at the heart of delivering on this ambition. My Department, through the Irish Aid programme, provides support for education in low income countries, with an emphasis on the most marginalised within those countries....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Enterprise Support Services (27 Jan 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Back for Business Programme assists returning emigrants who are looking to start their own business in Ireland, with a particular focus on the additional barriers and challenges faced by those who have been out of the country for some time. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that we are expanding this programme. As the Deputy has noted, the scheme has generated overwhelmingly...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Covid-19 Pandemic (27 Jan 2022)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 48 and 78 together. Ireland remains committed to an effective global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two years, my Department, through the Irish Aid programme, has invested €200 million in global public health with further investment to come in 2022 of at least another €100 million. This includes COVID-19 specific response...

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