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Thursday, 12 May 2022

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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217. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the further assistance that Ireland can provide to aid the defence of the people of Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15514/22]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The European Peace Facility allows the EU to support the capabilities and resilience of the Ukrainian armed forces. In February, March and again in April of 2022, the Council of the European Union adopted assistance measures under the European Peace Facility (EPF). To date, a €1.5 billion package has been approved that will allow the EU to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces in defending the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country, and to protect the civilian population against the ongoing Russian military aggression.

In line with the commitment laid out in the 2020 Programme for Government and the provisions of the memorandum on the European Peace Facility (EPF), approved by the Irish government in March 2021, Ireland’s financial contribution supporting the Ukrainian Armed Forces via the EPF is directed towards providing non-lethal support such as food, medicine and personal protection equipment which have been specifically requested by the government of Ukraine. This equipment could include such items as body armour and helmets. A similar approach is followed by both Austria and Malta.

Ireland is providing its full contribution to the EPF assistance measures, Ireland’s contribution currently stands at €33m. It is expected that a further tranche of funding for Ukraine via the EPF will be proposed in the coming days, potentially taking the total support provided by the EU to €2 billion. If this proposal is approved, Ireland's share will stand at approximately €44m.

A further €20 million has been provided in humanitarian assistance to the UN and the Red Cross which is already being disbursed through UN and NGO partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, this includes a dedicated Ukraine civil society fund of €2 million specifically to support NGOs responding to the crisis.

In addition, Ireland is also providing a further €3 million to the to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to assist with regard to all situations before the court.

Ireland is resolute in our support to Ukraine and its people. The Department of Defence, the Defence Forces and the Civil Defence will continue to work across Government to provide appropriate supports where possible in response to the Ukrainian crisis.

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