Thursday, 6 October 2005
Department of Foreign Affairs
Question 160: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the response he has received from the US authorities to his offer of assistance to help cope with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, in regard to his statement of 6 September 2005; if this assistance has been provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24840/05]
Ireland has committed €1 million in financial assistance for those affected by hurricane Katrina. Of this, some €700,000 has been channelled to the American Red Cross through the Irish Red Cross. The remainder will be disbursed by the Irish Embassy in the United States with the objective of assisting civil society groups in the Gulf Coast area in the local recovery effort.
Ireland, along with other EU member states, offered material assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, which is the formal EU co-ordination mechanism for such assistance.
The United States authorities have expressed warm appreciation for Ireland's assistance.