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23 Mar 2018 description

-Tánaiste Coveney and Minister Cannon announce funding for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and support for humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

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 €2.9 million for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). They also announced a further €8.5 million to relieve humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

23 Feb 2017 description
  • Part of a new Strategic Partnership on violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today announced €2.2 million in funding over the next two years as part of a new Strategic Partnership between Ireland and the International Rescue Committee.

23 Jan 2017 description

In 2002, more than 4 million people a year worldwide died from three diseases- AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria was founded that year to combat these epidemics, and today there are one third fewer deaths from these diseases, and 20 million lives have been saved in countries where the Global Fund operates.

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.

14 Dec 2016 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today announced the allocation of €14 million in humanitarian funding to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Announcing the funding, Minister Flanagan stated:

09 Feb 2016 description

Funding to support sustainable development and the fight against poverty and hunger

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Cooperation, Seán Sherlock T.D., have today announced €61.34 million funding for 2016 to be allocated to Irish aid organisations carrying out long-term development programmes across Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East.

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:

26 Nov 2015 description

Today, 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, announced that Ireland is increasing its stockpiles of humanitarian relief items and providing additional funding of USD $1 million to support the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots network.

27 Sep 2015 description

Ireland Provides Life-Saving Assistance in Syria, Iraq and Sub-Saharan Africa Crisis Situations

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister of State for Development, Trade and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock T.D., today announced additional emergency funding of €3.725 million to support global humanitarian action by the UN and Irish NGO partners. The funding is in response to the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises globally and includes support for the UN’s response to the refugee crises in Syria and Iraq.

07 Sep 2015 description

The September informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers has concluded in Luxembourg after two-days of discussions. Ireland was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D.

At the conclusion of the meeting, he stated:

10 Aug 2015 description

Ireland will provide €2.75 million in humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable populations worldwide through the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today.

09 Jun 2015 description

Ireland provides €2 million to support poorest countries fight climate change

Ireland has pledged almost €2 million to help the world’s poorest countries tackle the growing impact of climate change, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.

Speaking today, Minister Flanagan stated:

20 Apr 2015 description

Ireland will continue to spend at least 50% of our overseas aid in the world's poorest countries, the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-Operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, announced today.

Ireland is among the most effective countries in the world at targeting aid at those who need it most, a policy we are committed to pursuing in the coming years, Minister Sherlock confirmed today.

The announcement was made to mark Global Citizen Earth Day organised in Washington, DC, by the ONE Foundation.

Minister Sherlock said:

28 Jan 2015 description

Minister for Development, Seán Sherlock, today announced funding of €3 million for vaccines to reduce the number of children dying of preventable diseases.

The funding will be provided this year to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which works to provide vaccines to children living in the world’s poorest countries.

Minister Sherlock said:

26 Dec 2014 description

Ireland will contribute €10 million to a United Nations fund for rapid and effective response to major humanitarian disasters, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan, TD, and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced.

The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was established in the aftermath of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when the difficulties of responding quickly and effectively to such a huge emergency highlighted the need for a flexible, swift global funding mechanism.

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.

14 May 2013 description

Launch of One World, One Future

Our new policy One World, One Future: Ireland’s Policy for International Development was launched last week by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello.

25 Apr 2013 description

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., and the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D, have announced new Irish support for the global effort to end polio.

Speaking at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi today, Minister Costello pledged that, through Irish Aid, the Government will provide €5 million over the next five years to eradicate the disease.

16 May 2012 description

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today announced €8 million in funding to tackle child under-nutrition and support cutting-edge research to boost agricultural productivity in the developing world.

The Tánaiste also announced that Ireland has met the target of investing 20% of the Irish Aid budget in targeted and effective programmes to tackle global hunger. The target was set following publication of the Hunger Task Force Report of 2008.