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12 May 2018 description
  • Somalia “is one of the most challenging environments for humanitarian aid operations”

  • €3 million funding provided to UN Somalia Humanitarian Fund

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D, and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr. Ciarán Cannon, T.D., today announced Irish funding of €3 million for the severe humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

12 Apr 2017 description

- Airlift of 100 tonnes of humanitarian relief supplies dispatched to Somalia

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., announced that Ireland has today (Wednesday) dispatched over 100 tonnes of humanitarian relief supplies to Somalia.

Announcing the airlift, Minister Flanagan said:

20 Mar 2017 description
  • Response to famine, drought and conflict in South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today (Monday) announced new funding of €11 million to assist people suffering as a result of famine, drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa, specifically in South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan.

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:

30 Jul 2012 description

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, today announced €3 million in life-saving assistance to Somalia during a visit to the capital, Mogadishu. The funding will provide food, shelter and other vital assistance to thousands of Somalis affected by conflict and hunger.

Today’s mission coincided with the one-year anniversary of the UN’s declaration of famine in Somalia in July 2011. The Tánaiste is the first Irish Minister to travel to Somalia in more than two decades.

Speaking after his visit, the Tánaiste said:

14 Dec 2011 description

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., today announced €250,000 in emergency funding to provide food, water and shelter to thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing violence.

Minister O’Sullivan said Ireland would provide funding to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to support its efforts to provide emergency care to those arriving in refugee camps in western Ethiopia.

11 Aug 2011 description

Government announces arrival of second emergency airlift for Horn of Africa The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., has announced a second emergency airlift of humanitarian supplies by the Government to the Horn of Africa.

The shipment of 1,000 tents has arrived in Kenya and is being transported today to the Dadaab Refugee Camps in the north of the country, where up to 1,500 Somali refugees are arriving daily. Minister O’Sullivan said the tents would provide vital shelter to 1,000 families in crisis.

08 Aug 2011 description

Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan today announced an additional €500,000 in funding to provide vital water supplies to drought-stricken communities in Northern Kenya. She made the announcement following a detailed briefing by the Government Technical Team which has returned from the Horn of Africa.

This brings the total Government funding to the food crisis to €7.7 million.

23 Jul 2011 description

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D. met this afternoon with Mary Robinson to discuss the situation in the Horn of Africa. Ms Robinson briefed the Tánaiste on her recent visit to the region. She emphasised the urgent need for the international community to provide an effective and comprehensive response in order to save the thousands of lives that are now at risk.

Following the meeting the Tánaiste said:

15 Jul 2011 description

Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan today announced an additional €1 million in funding for emergency food relief and assistance to refugees in the Horn of Africa.

The latest funding brings to €5.6 million the total Irish Government support since the start of 2011 for victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

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.

16 May 2006 description

Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation, announces €10 million in support for NGOs bringing humanitarian and recovery support to Africa.

Minister Lenihan said:

"I am delighted to announce this package of support to some of our key NGO partners.

16 May 2006 description

Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, met today with former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Andrews, who has returned from the drought-stricken region in the Horn of Africa. Mr. Andrews traveled to the region in his capacity as Chairman of the Irish Red Cross. Today Mr.

06 Apr 2006 description

Christian Aid welcomes today's (06 April 06) announcement by Minister of State for Development, Mr. Conor Lenihan TD, of additional funding for its East Africa Emergency work.

The UN estimates that 11 million people across eastern Africa are in desperate need of food and water. There are reports of people dying of thirst.

06 Apr 2006 description

Minister of State Lenihan announces an additional €2 million in funding for Horn of Africa drought crisis

David Andrews to report to Government on his visit to the region

Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced that he is making available €2 million in addition to the €5 million already allocated earlier this year in response to the serious drought crisis affecting Kenya and other countries in the Horn of Africa.

31 Mar 2006 description

Emergency & Recovery, Food Security, United Nations - United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP)

06 Mar 2006 description

East Africa Food Crisis

More than 30 million people across Africa are going hungry, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). Currently, East Africa is the worst hit region primarily due to the failure of the last rains. Within this region, some 11 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in need of food aid. Of these, approximately 6.5 million are on the brink of starvation and in need of immediate assistance to ensure survival.