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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (21 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the most severe droughts in at least forty years, pushing the region close to the brink of catastrophe. Food prices are rising as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Responding, my Department through the Irish Aid programme has contributed over €48 million in direct humanitarian support to drought-affected Kenya, Somalia and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (21 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Rapid Response Corps is an important element of my Department's humanitarian response capacity, complementing the support to humanitarian agencies which my Department provides through the Irish Aid programme and our diplomacy, including on the Security Council.  The Corps is a roster of dedicated experts drawn from a range of professional backgrounds applicable in humanitarian...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Religious Discrimination (16 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: I condemn the 5 June attack on innocent civilians attending St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Nigeria, in a diocese with links to Irish missionaries. This atrocious attack resulted in multiple deaths, reportedly at least 40, and many others wounded. I would like to express my deepest condolences to all of the families affected. The Embassy of Ireland in Abuja, Nigeria, is monitoring...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Climate Change Policy (14 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: International climate action, including climate finance, is a key priority for the Irish Government. Ireland’s Annual Climate Finance Reports, available on the Irish Aid website, illustrate the Government’s continued support to countries that are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To calculate Ireland’s contribution to international climate...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Strategies (14 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Global Ireland: Ireland's Strategy for Africa to 2025 was published on 28 November 2019. My Department reports annually to Government on implementation of the strategy, with the reports for 2020 and 2021 available on www.gov.ie. The 2021 progress report was brought to Government last month to mark Africa Day. The 2021 report shows that Ireland’s trade in goods with Africa...

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

Colm Brophy: Global food insecurity is at record level. By the end of last year, nearly 193 million people were experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity, an increase of almost 40 million over the previous record in 2020. This situation has continued to worsen in 2022. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, including its effective blockade on shipping from Ukraine's Black Sea ports, has restricted...

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

Colm Brophy: With over 14 million people inside Syria requiring assistance, Syria has been one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world since the conflict there began over a decade ago. In addition to those affected within the country, millions more Syrians have left the country as refugees, the majority to neighbouring countries. This is the context within which the wider impacts of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 84, 91, 107 and 145 together. Moldova’s response to the Ukraine crisis, in particular its hosting of large numbers of refugees, is remarkable. Minister Coveney discussed Ireland’s assistance to Moldova on several occasions, including at the Support Conference for Moldova on 5 April and in his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Popescu in the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Communities Abroad (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: The most recent in-person meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee on Diaspora Policy took place  in February 2021.  Two subsequent in-person meetings were postponed due to Covid restrictions with discussions taking place online at official level.  The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place at the end of this month. The new Diaspora Strategy 2020-2025...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: I remain extremely concerned by the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. In addition to prepositioned funds with UN and other partners, my Department, through the Irish Aid programme, has made over €20 million available to respond to the needs of Ukrainians most affected by the Russian invasion.  This includes funding through UN agencies including UN OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: The situation in Tigray and in other parts of northern Ethiopia is of grave concern. The conflict within Ethiopia which began in 2020 has had a devastating impact on civilians, with many killed or injured, and reports of widespread human rights violations. Over 9 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Against this backdrop, I welcome the Government of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (10 May 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 important...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Ukraine War (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: The evolving humanitarian situation in Ukraine and for those who have fled Ukraine is of grave concern. At both EU and UN, Ireland has been active in encouraging coordinated international responses to those affected by the Russian invasion, including reporting on Minister Coveney's 14 April visit to Kyiv. In its review of Ireland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA)...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: A Better World, Ireland's international development policy, focuses Irish Aid’s work on meeting the needs of the furthest behind first, with an emphasis on those in the world’s poorest or climate-exposed countries, especially women and girls. The allocation to Official Development Assistance for 2022 is €1 billion, the highest ever and a 20% increase on last...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (10 May 2022)

Colm Brophy: Conflict, climate change and COVID have combined to increase the need for humanitarian assistance, with the international response increasing from €20.65 billion to a record €27.85 billion in the period 2017-2021.Last year, this support meant that over 107 million people across 38 countries received food, medicine and other life-saving assistance. Ireland is playing our...

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...

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