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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (29 Sep 2022)

Colm Brophy: In Budget 2023, the Government has made provision for the largest ever allocation to Official Development Assistance:  over €1.20 billion, an increase of 17% on the 2022 allocation. The overall increase of €177 million includes €100 million for Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs. 2022 was the first time Ireland’s development assistance budget...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (21 Sep 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Department of Foreign Affairs administers and maintains a roster of suitably skilled volunteers, who are available to participate in international election observation missions organised by the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). These election observation missions play an important role in the promotion of democracy, human rights and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (20 Sep 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Government is committed to achieving the UN Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2030, as set out in A Better World, Ireland's International Development Policy, and in the Programme for Government. For 2022, the Government allocated €1.044 billion to ODA, a 20% increase on the 2021 allocation. This is the highest ever amount...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (14 Sep 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Horn of Africa is facing a rapidly deteriorating food security crisis, as a result of a four-season drought, protracted and new conflicts, and the global impact of the war in Ukraine. The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Irish Aid programme, has responded over the past eighteen months with over €74 million in direct humanitarian aid to countries in the region, working...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (14 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland has consistently expressed concern at the conflict and insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during our term to date. Unfortunately, recent months have seen an increase in insecurity and violence in eastern DRC and a worrying escalation of tensions between the DRC and Rwanda. At the most recent discussion on the DRC...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: European Union (14 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland is a recognised champion of international food security and global efforts to reduce hunger. In light of the deepening global food security crisis, we are actively engaged in discussions on these matters at a range of EU fora. We are particularly concerned at the situation in least developed, and import-reliant developing countries, including in the Horn of Africa. These countries are...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (14 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Global food insecurity is at record levels and has worsened with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rising global food prices have been exacerbated by the effective blockade on shipping from Ukraine's ports which has restricted access to wheat and fertilisers. The United Nation’s outlook for the coming months highlights twenty global hunger hotspots where humanitarian action is an...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (13 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Department of Foreign Affairs publishes a report on Ireland's Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme each year. The report includes statistical information on programme expenditure in a series of annexes. These show the distribution of aid, including the amounts allocated to our priority focus areas as set out in A Better World, Ireland’s international development policy....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Health Promotion (12 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: Ireland’s international development programme has had a long-standing focus on improving the quality and availability of health services, particularly maternal and child health. A Better World, Ireland’s policy for international development, commits to a new initiative on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), building on our partnerships in health and HIV and AIDS....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Health Promotion (12 Jul 2022)

Colm Brophy: UNFPA is an important Irish Aid partner, which will receive €4 million in unearmarked core funding this year. This is an increase of €500,000 on last year's core funding to UNFPA. A further €1.5 million has been disbursed in support of UNFPA's activities in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. No specific funding for the UNFPA Supplies Programme is proposed.

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...

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...

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