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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (30 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: Through the Irish Aid programme, my Department has already provided at least €20 million in humanitarian aid to those individuals immediately affected by the crisis resulting from the invasion of Ukraine. In addition to responding to the needs of those directly affected by the conflict, I am concerned about its wider impact, including on food security. Ukraine and Russia are leading...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Programmes (29 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: The Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme is part of the Ireland Fellows Programme, which brings promising mid-career professionals from partner countries each year to study for a master’s-level qualification at a University or Institute of Technology in Ireland. The Ireland Fellows Programme dates back to 1974 and is an integral part of my Department's Irish Aid international...

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

Colm Brophy: I remain very concerned by the evolving humanitarian situation in Ukraine. My Department, through Irish Aid, is guided by the need to get resources to those affected as quickly as possible. 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. People in Ireland who would...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (24 Mar 2022)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 and 156 together. After more than seven years of crisis in Yemen, an estimated 23.4 million Yemenis will need humanitarian assistance during 2022. Since 2012 Ireland, through the Irish Aid programme, has disbursed just over €34 million to Yemen. Over 90% of that funding, including €6,000,000 in two separate grants in 2021, has been...

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

Colm Brophy: The solidarity shown by countries bordering Ukraine in taking in millions of refugees over a period of a few weeks has been remarkable. Their solidarity must now be matched by other EU Member States and Ireland will not be found wanting. As of last weekend, over 9000 Ukrainians had come to Ireland, with a whole of Government response being put in place to assist their stay. I would like to...

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

Colm Brophy: I am extremely concerned by the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, which now has the highest number of people in emergency food insecurity in the world. In addition to responding to humanitarian need with over €5 million in Irish Aid funding last year, Ireland has been active on Afghanistan at the UN and within the European Union. Since mid-August 2021, the UN Security...

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

Colm Brophy: The solidarity shown by countries bordering Ukraine in taking in millions of refugees over a period of a few weeks has been remarkable. Their solidarity must now be matched by other EU Member States and Ireland will not be found wanting. As of last weekend, over 9000 Ukrainians had come to Ireland, with a whole of Government response being put in place to assist their stay. I would like to...

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

Colm Brophy: Ireland has provided considerable diplomatic support for Ukraine. Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders is unwavering. Since Russia’s further large-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ireland has stated clearly that this is a blatant violation of the UN Charter and a breach of international law for which...

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

Colm Brophy: The Global Games Development Fund is a matching funding partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the GAA to promote and support community orientated GAA activities abroad. First established in 2012, the Fund has been remarkably successful, helping both the development of Gaelic Games internationally and benefiting hundreds of local Irish communities in which the games...

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...

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,...

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