Seanad debates

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Review of White Paper on Irish Aid: Statements, Questions and Answers


4:00 pm

Photo of Jim WalshJim Walsh (Fianna Fail)

I put my question to the Minister of State in committee as well. The issue engages me because of what some countries are doing. Where do we stand on imposing abortion? This is carried out especially by the USA, where there is a strong abortion industry, in some of these African countries. What is Ireland's position on the matter?

The Minister of State remarked that our embassies will play a role in developing trade with African countries. What about Enterprise Ireland? Do we need a separate section to drive trade with these countries? Years ago An Bord Tráchtála assisted small and medium-sized enterprises that did not have the capacity to market their products in these countries. Is there some mechanism whereby the State could become involved to address this lacuna and encourage the development of trade in areas which would otherwise be inaccessible by small companies? It would be a positive development if we could assist in this way.


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