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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (21 Sep 2021)

Colm Brophy: I represented Ireland at the 13 September High Level Meeting on Afghanistan called by the UN Secretary General. The purpose of that meeting was to raise awareness and support for the deteriorating humanitarian situation there. I set out Ireland’s response to date and our intention to continue to support evolving needs, noting that Ireland has so far this year provided €2...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Departmental Expenditure (9 Sep 2021)

Colm Brophy: My Department has supported the UNESCO programme, Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) since 2017, providing €1,850,000 in funding to-date. As part of the programme, which is the largest comprehensive sexuality education programme in Africa, funding from Ireland supports the empowerment, health and resilience of adolescents and young people in Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (9 Sep 2021)

Colm Brophy: I am deeply concerned by the ongoing violence in Nigeria.  Conflict poses a serious challenge to that country’s stability, and impact on the wider region. The particular acts of violence referred to are between nomadic herders and settled farmers.  While in Nigeria the vast majority of herders are Muslim and many of the farmers are Christian, conflict arises from...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Visa Applications (9 Sep 2021)

Colm Brophy: Officials at the Irish Embassy in question are aware of the case and have been in contact with the individual concerned.  As part of ongoing Government efforts to tackle the Covid-19, short stay visa applications were not accepted since 21 March 2020, unless the application meets certain emergency or priority criteria. Unfortunately, this particular case did not fall under the...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Communities Abroad (13 Jul 2021)

Colm Brophy: Since its establishment in 2004, Ireland's Emigrant Support Programme has provided over €190 million in support to Irish communities across the world. Last year alone ESP grants totalling around €13 million assisted over 400 projects run by nearly 300 different organisations, the vast majority grassroots-based. These range in scale from large-scale welfare support programmes...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Policy (8 Jul 2021)

Colm Brophy: I am deeply concerned by the recent tensions and civil unrest in Eswatini, and at reports of the deaths of civilians and the destruction of property. It is vital that all sides take immediate action to deescalate the current situation, and to allow for dialogue to take place. The right to peaceful protest is a fundamental human right, enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Access (6 Jul 2021)

Colm Brophy: Ireland is 'co-penholder' with Norway on the UN Security Council Syria Humanitarian file, strongly advocating for humanitarian aid to reach all those in need, including and in particular north-west Syria. In order that the extensive humanitarian needs in Syria continue to be met, Ireland, with Norway, is working towards the renewal of the mandate enabling cross border operations later...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Covid-19 Pandemic (1 Jul 2021)

Colm Brophy: On 8 May, the Government of Nepal made a request for emergency assistance to the EU through the EU Emergency Response Mechanism. In response, Irish officials made an assessment of medical equipment available in the HSE's stockpile of medical supplies. On June 16, Ireland donated the following equipment to Nepal: 72 oxygen concentrators; 42 ventilators; 12 bipap machines; 400 oximeters;...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Relations (29 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 279 together. Ireland has a longstanding relationship with Ethiopia, our largest bilateral development partner, built over time and characterised by close working relationships with its people and Government. Over the past 5 years alone, Ireland invested approximately €200m to support Ethiopia’s development and growth, with a focus on...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The UN Security Council is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security and it is in this context that it addresses climate change. I am deeply concerned about the security impacts of climate change. It is no coincidence that of the 15 countries most susceptible to climate risks, 8 host a UN peacekeeping operation or a special political mission. As a result, we...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Middle East (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I am deeply concerned at the plight of the people of Gaza. Recent hostilities have caused severe damage to infrastructure and the humanitarian consequences have been devastating for a community already enduring both a blockade and the COVID-19 pandemic. According to local authorities, more than 2000 housing units were damaged or destroyed and essential services, including water, sanitation...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Oireachtas Committees (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I have welcomed the March 2021 report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on the Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to Developing Countries. I firmly believe that universal and equitable access to safe, effective, and affordable diagnostics, treatments and vaccines is crucial in the global fight against COVID-19.  I am determined that Ireland, in particular...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Generation Equality Forum hosted by the Government of France and convened by UN Women will take place in Paris from 30 June to 2 July. Ireland has engaged closely with the preparatory process, including through my participation at the virtual high-level event hosted by the Government of Mexico in March.  The Paris Forum will launch a series of ambitious actions to further...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 131, 135 and 158 together. The Department of Foreign Affairs administers and maintains a roster of suitably skilled volunteers, who are available to participate in international election observation organised, in the main, by the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). For information on the selection process...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (24 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: The Programme for Government makes clear that the Government does not support the importation of fracked gas.  Following upon a commitment in the Programme for Government, the Government published a Policy Statement on May 2021 which outlines both constraints and opportunities for Government action in this area, including in the context of Ireland's obligations as a Member State of...

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