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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 94 together. I am deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, primarily the consequence of a conflict which began in 2013, but compounded by many years of instability and strife.  Violations of human rights and international humanitarian law serve to perpetuate the crisis, with a negative impact on its scale and with devastating...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: Ireland's election observer roster does not require volunteers to be habitually residented in Ireland. It does require all volunteers on the election observation roster to be citizens of Ireland, in order that Ireland complies with a European Union requirement that EU election observers are citizens of an EU Member State, or a citizen of Switzerland or Norway. Accordingly no questions...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Overseas Development Aid (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Government is strongly committed to Ireland’s international development cooperation programme, and to its place at the heart of our foreign policy. In line with our commitment to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, our bilateral aid programme is focused on reducing poverty and hunger, promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, and building more equitable and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: In 2017, over 95 million people were affected by disasters linked to natural hazards worldwide; over 9,000 people directly lost their lives; and economic losses from major disaster events were estimated at almost US$335 billion. Comprehensive figures for 2018 are not yet available, but the year saw another significant number of people around the world impacted by natural disasters, notably...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid Provision (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The number and complexity of humanitarian crises globally has increased in recent years, with the UN estimating that over 130 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. Conflict is the most significant driver of this increased need. Critical to maximising Ireland’s response is our central and enduring commitment to effective multilateralism,...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Terrorism (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The recent attack in Nairobi reminds us of the immediate impact of radicalisation and violent extremism on civilians in many countries in the world today. I remain deeply concerned by the threat to peace and security represented by armed groups such as Boko Haram and Al Shabaab. The Government consistently condemns their brutal attacks on civilian populations, and particularly the impact of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid Provision (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing a period of tremendous political change and transition. Since his appointment in April last year, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has pursued an ambitious programme of political, economic and social reform, on which he briefed the Taoiseach when they met in Addis Ababa in January. However, the Ethiopian reform process is complicated...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (29 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The recruitment and use of child soldiers during conflict remains a serious problem globally. Tens of thousands of children are recruited and used as soldiers in conflicts around the world. Since 2002, the Secretary-General of the United Nations has issued an annual report on children and armed conflict which lists all armed groups – both state and non-state – that recruit and...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Irish Aid (23 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The decision of the organisation in question to close its international department is an internal matter for that organisation.   Irish Aid works with a broad range of partners in order to deliver our policy goals. Should the organisation in question revisit its decision regarding international activities, it would be open for that organisation, as with any other Irish NGO active...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: International Election Monitoring (23 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 to 61, inclusive, together. International election observation missions play an important role in the promotion of democracy and human rights. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade aims to ensure that, when requested, Ireland is represented at an appropriate level on international election observation missions. Irish observers participate...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid (17 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 56, inclusive, together. I am deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, primarily the consequence of a conflict which began in 2013, but compounded by many years of instability and strife. Violations of human rights and international humanitarian law serve to perpetuate the crisis, with a negative impact on its scale and with...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Humanitarian Aid Provision (15 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 136, 137, 143, 144, 146 and 157 together. South Sudan continues to endure a terrible humanitarian crisis, primarily the consequence of conflict. I am deeply concerned by the continued high level of violence, and by reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, which perpetuate the crisis and impact negatively on its scale. ...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Trafficking (15 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of Irish foreign policy. The 2015 foreign policy review, "Global Island - Ireland’s foreign policy for a changing world", recognises that human rights violations undermine development. This commits the Department to promote and protect human rights, with an explicit commitment to combat and prevent human trafficking. Ireland...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (15 Jan 2019)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 to 153, inclusive, together. I am deeply concerned about the violence which has accompanied recent protests in Sudan, including credible reports of the use of live fire by the Government of Sudan and of multiple deaths. Demonstrations, triggered by spiralling costs of living, began in the city of Atbara in the north east of the country on 19...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: UN Conferences (19 Dec 2018)

Ciarán Cannon: Over 160 countries were present at the UN Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech on 10 December to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. My colleague, Minister for Justice and Equality Charles Flanagan T.D., represented Ireland at the Conference. My Department worked closely with the Department of Justice and Equality and was also in attendance in Marrakech....

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (19 Dec 2018)

Ciarán Cannon: The process of establishing a new international election observer roster is now at a very advanced stage. Results in the appraisal process have been released to candidates, along with information on the appeals process. There are a number of remaining stages, as follows: security vetting; in certain cases, the verification of language levels; and, the training of the new roster members. It...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (13 Dec 2018)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 and 52 together. South Sudan continues to endure a terrible humanitarian crisis, primarily the consequence of conflict. I am deeply concerned by the continued high level of violence, and by reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, which perpetuate the crisis and impact negatively on its scale. The current conflict...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (12 Dec 2018)

Ciarán Cannon: South Sudan continues to endure a terrible humanitarian crisis, primarily the consequence of conflict. I am deeply concerned by the continued high level of violence, and by reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, which perpetuate the crisis and impact negatively on its scale. The current conflict began in 2013 and has had devastating consequences for...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (11 Dec 2018)

Ciarán Cannon: I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 to 116, inclusive, and 123 together. South Sudan continues to endure a terrible humanitarian crisis, primarily the consequence of conflict. I am deeply concerned by the continued high level of violence, and by reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, which perpetuate the crisis and impact negatively on its scale. ...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Foreign Conflicts (6 Dec 2018)

Ciarán Cannon: South Sudan continues to endure a terrible humanitarian crisis, primarily the consequence of conflict. I am deeply concerned by the continued high level of violence, and by reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, which perpetuate the crisis and impact negatively on its scale. The current conflict began in 2013 and has had devastating consequences for...

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