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12 Nov 2014 description

Three members of the Irish Defence Forces are to deploy to Sierra Leone to reinforce Ireland’s capacity in Sierra Leone as the international relief effort ramps up, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister for Defence today announced.

The three personnel, all of whom have vast collective experience in West Africa, will be deployed to the Embassy of Ireland in Freetown under the Emergency Civilian Assistance Team initiative, established by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to respond to international crises.

05 Nov 2014 description

TIERKIDI REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia, November 5 (UNHCR)– Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.

02 Nov 2014 description

The Government is to provide an additional €1 million to the UN to fight Ebola in West Africa, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North-South Co-operation Sean Sherlock, announced today.

13 Oct 2014 description

The Government has announced an additional €2.5 million in funding to Gaza.

The announcement was made by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, in a speech to a major international conference on the reconstruction of Gaza today in Cairo.

The conference focused in particular on current humanitarian needs and the huge amount of reconstruction required in Gaza, but participants also addressed the critical need to prevent a repetition of the recent conflict.

Speaking in Cairo, Minister Flanagan said:

03 Oct 2014 description

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion, and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced over €1 million in extra funding to strengthen efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Minister Sherlock made the announcement during his two-day visit to Sierra Leone.

Today’s announcement brings Ireland’s total contribution to the Ebola response to over €2.5 million.

02 Oct 2014 description
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Defeating Ebola conference: Summary of conference pledges

Britain has rallied decisive international support for Sierra Leone in its hour of need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said following the Defeating Ebola conference today in London.

The conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary, brought together more than 20 governments, a dozen charities and NGOs, the UN, World Bank, health experts and the private sector to pledge funds, equipment and health workers.

22 Sep 2014 description

MoS Sean Sherlock, Funding, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Africa, 2014

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock T.D., today announced €600,000 in funding to support communities battling the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two countries which have been worst affected by the epidemic.

Ireland will also provide 42 tonnes of emergency supplies, including blankets, tents, mosquito nets and water tanks.

Announcing the emergency aid, Minister Sherlock said:

10 Sep 2014 description

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

05 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

13 Aug 2014 description

The Government today announced funding of €500,000 in emergency response to the devastating conflict and unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, with a focus on minority groups and vulnerable women and children.

06 Aug 2014 description

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Sean Sherlock, TD, today expressed his increasing concern at the continued spread of Ebola in West Africa and announced additional funding to help combat the disease.

Announcing the funding, Minister Sherlock said:

“The continued spread of Ebola is extremely worrying and is having a devastating impact on already vulnerable communities across Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

28 Jul 2014 description

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Relations, Seán Sherlock T.D., today reiterated Ireland’s strong support for the Palestinian people, and especially the beleaguered civilian population of Gaza.

He emphasised the Government’s consistent position that all violence in Gaza and Israel must end immediately - both the firing of missiles into Israel by Hamas and the disproportionate response by Israel.

15 Jul 2014 description

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today announced an additional €145,000 in funding to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

The funding will be used to train health workers, provide protective health equipment, and support local Ministries of Health.

Minister Costello stressed the importance of the international response to the outbreak, saying:

14 Jul 2014 description

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello today announced €1 million in funding to tackle violence against women and girls during conflicts or natural disasters.

Minister Costello said: “Rape is often used in emergency and conflict situations to terrorise the population, break up families and destroy communities. Almost without exception, there is an increase in gender-based-violence during and after natural and man-made disasters and crises.

09 Jul 2014 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 9, 2014 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Irish Aid announced today a collaboration to provide funding to assist the development and adaption of technologies and business models required to transform the dairy sector in Ethiopia. The Dairy Innovation Fund will be used for the design, demonstration and field-testing of technologies and business models that can demonstrate high potential.

03 Jul 2014 description
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Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.

Speaking at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Minister Costello said:

“2013 was a significant year for Irish Aid and the Irish people can be proud of what their overseas development aid programme has achieved.

01 Jul 2014 description
report European Union

The European Union, Austria, Ireland and Spain are contributing to the Palestinian Authority's second payment of social allowances this year to poor and vulnerable Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza. The contribution, channelled through the PEGASE[1] mechanism, amounts to around €12.97 million (€10.22 million from the European Union, €1.25 million from the Government of Austria, €0.5 million from the Government of Ireland and €1 million from the Government of Spain)

30 Jun 2014 description

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, has announced that Ireland will dispatch urgently-needed blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans, and shelter supplies to those displaced by recent violence in Iraq.

The airlift, worth €220,000, is being sent from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai, where Irish Aid pre-positions supplies for use in global emergencies. The stocks will be distributed by Goal, which recently received €200,000 from the Government to provide emergency relief to the most vulnerable displaced populations in Ninewa Governorate in Northern Iraq.

25 Jun 2014 description


The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund expects to receive $73 million in contributions this year, after more than 20 donors earlier reaffirmed multi-year commitments and made new pledges at the fourth annual High-level Stakeholders Meeting of the Fund, held in New York today.