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09 Jan 2017 description
infographic Government of Ireland

At the beginning of 2017, approximately 65 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes and 130 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of ongoing violence, conflict and natural disaster.

Ireland is responding to these people’s urgent needs through our humanitarian assistance programme, managed by Irish Aid.

05 Jan 2016 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock TD, have announced that Ireland is providing €11.75 million in humanitarian assistance through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund to strengthen the UN’s response to the unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis worldwide. This will bring the total amount of humanitarian assistance provided by Ireland through the Government’s aid programme to €100 million in 2015.

Minister Flanagan stated:

08 Oct 2015 description

MoS Sean Sherlock, Minister Charles Flanagan, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015,

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, & Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Announce Additional €3 million Humanitarian Assistance Funding for South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi.

08 Mar 2013 description

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today announced €3.8 million in funding for UN agencies and NGOs to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The funding will provide emergency food, water, healthcare and protection to millions of vulnerable people who are caught up in the long-running conflict, which has claimed millions of lives.

Announcing the funding today, Minister Costello said:

04 Dec 2012 description

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today announced that Ireland is to provide almost 100 tonnes of emergency shelter supplies to assist thousands of families left homeless by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Minister Costello said:

16 Jan 2012 description

The Minister of State for Development and Trade, Joe Costello T.D., met with members of the Congolese community in Ireland to discuss allegations of fraud and violence around the Presidential and Parliamentary elections which were held in November. In response to their concerns the Minister said:

09 Dec 2008 description

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power TD, today announced the successful arrival of an airlift of emergency assistance to people displaced by ongoing violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The shipment arrived by air to Kigali, Rwanda and was transported by road to Goma, DRC, where it is now being distributed.

03 Nov 2008 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., has welcomed efforts by UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and President Kikwete of Tanzania as President of the African Union to stabilise the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as the intense diplomatic push by the European Union.

"I welcome efforts by the UN, AU and the EU to engage the parties in talks to stabilise the situation in the DRC.

03 Mar 2008 description

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Michael Kitt T.D., today announced a major package of humanitarian assistance for on-going crises in Africa.

Announcing the funding, Minister Kitt said:

'Ireland is making a significant contribution to the international response to some of the most acute humanitarian crises in today's world. We are targeting this support, in particular, at relieving hardship in Sudan, in Chad and the Central African Republic, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where ordinary people have suffered greatly as a result of conflict.

21 Jan 2007 description

Ireland to play an enhanced role in distribution of UN humanitarian funds

Conor Lenihan TD, Minister of State for Irish Aid, today announced funding of €31 million in response to the United Nations' appeal for Humanitarian Aid in 2007. The pledge comes in response to the United Nations' annual Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for Humanitarian Aid. The total amount requested by the UN globally is €3 billion.

For the first time, nearly a third of the Irish Aid funding to the Appeal will go to Pooled Funds.

06 Nov 2006 description

Minister announces a doubling of Ireland's contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to €20 million

United Nations Under Secretary Jan Egeland, who has overall responsibility in the UN for Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Affairs, this afternoon visited Dublin to hold talks with Conor Lenihan TD, Minister of State for Irish Aid.

Under Secretary Egeland updated Minister Lenihan on the critical humanitarian emergencies in Africa - in Darfur, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Congo.

31 Jul 2006 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., has expressed a warm welcome for the peaceful and orderly conduct of yesterday's presidential and parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the first multi-party elections held in the DRC in over forty years.

26 Feb 2006 description

AFRICA -- € 26 million Combined Aid Package
€19 million to UN Consolidated Appeal

19 Sep 2005 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., today announced that Ireland has decided to provide €500,000 to support the holding of national elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2006. The announcement was made following a meeting at the United Nations in New York between the Minister and his Congolese counterpart, Mr. Raymond Ramazani Baya.

05 Jun 2005 description

Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, Emergency & Recovery

Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, Conor Lenihan TD, today announced a total funding package of over €7.2 million in support of humanitarian relief efforts in a number of countries around the world.

20 Jun 2003 description

The Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, Tom Kitt TD, today completed a three day visit to Uganda, where he inspected the Irish development cooperation programme and had consultations with Ugandan Government Ministers.

24 May 2002 description

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance & Human Rights, Liz O'Donnell, today announced Government humanitarian assistance of €4.74 m in response to a number of ongoing or forgotten emergencies, including the deepening food crisis in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

21 Jan 2002 description

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance & Human Rights, Ms. Liz O'Donnell T.D., has announced that the Government will make available the sum of €800,000 for humanitarian assistance following the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

09 Apr 2001 description

Ms Liz O'Donnell T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights), has announced funding of IR=A3100,000 ( 126,974) for the Office of the Facilitator of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, with a view to advancing the peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The goal of the dialogue is to promote democracy in the DRC, including through the holding of free and fair elections and the drafting of a new Constitution.