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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Policy: Discussion (20 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I was down on the Waterford greenway last year with my wife. I stopped at the side of the road just to watch groups of teenagers cycling together. I have not seen that since I was a teenager. They knew that it was a safe place to be. We talk about mental health issues and social isolation among our teenagers, and there is no better way to make friends and sustain friendships than going on...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Trade Relations (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Advancing Ireland’s trade and investment interests is an important aspect of Ireland’s foreign policy. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through its network of twelve missions across Africa, works to advance Ireland’s prosperity and to support Irish companies seeking to expand into African markets, in close cooperation with State Agencies and other Government...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid Provision (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland’s development cooperation programme is delivered through a broad range of partners and channels, including partner Government systems, Irish and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and missionary organisations, and UN and other multilateral agencies and organisations. The ability of funding channels to reach the furthest behind first and deliver on the policy...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the levels of humanitarian need worldwide. The UN estimate that over 148 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, largely as a result of conflict. Reducing humanitarian need is one of the four key priorities in Ireland's development policy, a Better World. As well as a committment to the humanitarian principles of neutrality,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid Provision (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the level of humanitarian need globally, mainly due to conflict. The UN estimate that over 148 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Given the scale of need, donors have increased their level of humanitarian assistance in recent years. Total global humanitarian funding grew from an estimated $22.2 billion in 2014 to an...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (12 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The number and complexity of humanitarian crises globally has increased in recent years, with the UN estimating that over 148 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. Conflict is the most significant driver of this increased need. Reducing humanitarian need is one of the four key priorities in Ireland's new development policy, A Better World. Ireland...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Services (7 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Irish Arts Centre New York has received funding under my Department’s Emigrant Support Programme as outlined below: Year Amount in euros Purpose 2017 1,128,000 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building. 2014 1,001,362 For the development of the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Services (7 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Irish Arts Centre New York has received funding under my Department’s Emigrant Support Programme as outlined below: Year Amount in euros Purpose 2017 1,128,000 For the development of the Irish Arts Centre building. 2014 1,001,362 For the development of the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (5 Nov 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Improving maternal and reproductive health is an important focus of Ireland's international development policy with health system strengthening at the heart of Ireland’s approach. Ireland works through the World Health Organisation, with organisations such the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria and with civil society partners to ensure access to essential drugs, health services, and...

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Overseas Development Aid Expenditure (24 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland's development cooperation programme is an integral part of our foreign policy and an important statement of our global citizenship. For 2020, the Government has allocated almost €838 million for Official Development Assistance (ODA) - an increase of just under €21 million on the 2019 budget allocations.  Based on the Department of Finance Budget Day forecast...

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Emigrant Support Services (24 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: On Budget Day, 8 October 2019, the gross expenditure allocation for the Department and the allocations by high-level expenditure programmes were published.  The detailed breakdown by subhead and by individual programme are yet to be finalised and will be published in the Revised Estimates Volume 2020 due to be published in mid-December 2019. The Government remains committed to...

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Overseas Development Aid (24 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa is an element of a comprehensive package of EU initiatives to support stability across North Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Sahel/Lake Chad region. The aim of the Trust Fund is to contribute to tackling the root causes of instability, forced displacement...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Religious Persecution (22 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea has expressed concern over the curtailment of church activities in Eritrea and the arrest and detention of members of the Orthodox and Christian congregations. On 12 June 2019, the Eritrean authorities ordered the seizure of all health centres managed by the Catholic Church in Eritrea. The seizure is believed to be in...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Services (22 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Indecon Economic Report on Addressing Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants made thirty recommendations, twenty of which  have been addressed. Of the remaining 10 areas, 8 have been partially addressed or are pending further policy development. Two recommendations were not accepted. Among the recommendations that have been addressed most recently is...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I am aware of the disturbing reports from Uganda regarding support for the re-tabling of a bill which would impose the death penalty on LGBTI individuals. A similar bill was rejected five years ago by the Constitutional Court of Uganda. ‘The Global Island: Ireland’s Foreign Policy for a Changing World’ states clearly that: “We are committed to promoting the rights...

Financial Resolutions 2019 - Financial Resolution No. 9: General (Resumed) (9 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Before Deputy Harty leaves the Chamber I agree completely with his assessment of the power of rural broadband to reinvigorate and add great capacity to our rural economy. The Minister for Finance did not mention it yesterday but in a budget briefing, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Deputy Bruton, confirmed that €120 million has been allocated in...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (8 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) is an essential element of our overall foreign policy and national presence overseas, enabling Ireland to respond to complex human needs and humanitarian crises around the world. Peer reviews by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have consistently stated that Ireland’s development cooperation programme...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Services (8 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Interdepartmental Committee on the Irish Abroad has been focussed on the implementation, where possible, of the recommendations contained in the Indecon Economic Report on Addressing Challenges Faced by Returning Irish Emigrants. Of the 30 recommendations, 20 have been addressed. Of the remaining 10 areas, 8 have been partially addressed or are pending further policy development. 2...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Bill 2019: Committee Stage (3 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The purpose of the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Bill is to enable Ireland to become a state party to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, TPNW. The TPNW provides for states to fulfil their disarmament obligations under Article VI of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and affirm their commitment to achieving a world free from nuclear weapons. The TPNW plugs a legal gap...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Bill 2019: Committee Stage (3 Oct 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: In summary, we arrived at the conclusion that the amendment was superfluous and that if it was to be carried, it would have the potential to undermine other similar legislation passed in the past. As it would oblige us to revisit that legislation, the opinion of the Attorney General was that it should not be accepted.

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