In making the announcement Minister Lenihan said:
"This package of €2 million is spread over a range of different emergencies in three different continents in response to specific appeals. As a donor we have to look at where the needs are greatest and respond. This is what we are doing through this package."
"As part of the overall package, €352,000 has been allocated to the Irish Red Cross for relief work among the most vulnerable communities in Niger and Burkina Faso and €100,000 is being provided to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Niger. With these contributions, Ireland's pledge of €3 million to assist in the emergency response to the current food crises in Niger and the Sahel Region has now been met."
"€400,000 is being provided to the Irish NGO, Goal, for its school feeding programme in Zimbabwe, a country which is facing chronic food shortages. This brings to over €2 million the amount in food-related emergency and recovery funding provided by the Government so far in 2005 to the Southern Africa Region."
"€250,000 is also being allocated to North Korea in response to the Emergency Food Appeal launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) for that country."
In addition, funding is being provided to Trócaire for its ongoing work in Darfur and in South Sudan; to the International Federation of the Red Cross for assistance to the victims of recent severe flooding in China, Romania and Bulgaria; and to UNOCHA's Trust Fund for disaster relief.