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Minister McHugh Launches Irish Aid Annual Report 2015

- €647.5 Million Delivered in Official Development Assistance
- €142 Million Extended in Emergency Humanitarian Support

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., has launched Irish Aid’s Annual Report for 2015 at an event held this evening in Dublin Castle, attended by many of Ireland’s civil society organisations working in overseas development, and the heads of Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad.

The Report confirms that the Government provided €647.51 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) during 2015. €142 million of Ireland’s total ODA contribution was spent on emergency humanitarian support in conflict and natural disaster situations. The top five recipient countries of humanitarian support in 2015 were Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Central Africa Republic.

The Report also recalls the key role played by Ireland in helping to broker agreement on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by world leaders at a summit held in New York in September 2015.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Mc Hugh said:

“2015 was a year that was once more marked by appalling levels of human suffering as a result of conflict and natural disasters. But it was also a year, that all Irish citizens can be proud of. In a year of celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s admission to the UN, that we, together with Kenya, were elected by the President of the UN General Assembly to facilitate the brokering of a global agreement to replace the Millennium Development Goals, is testament to our internationalism and our role in the world.”

Commenting on the work of Irish Aid in response to humanitarian disasters in 2015, Minister Mc Hugh said: “Irish Aid allocated €142 million which was used to provide shelter, food and essential services to thousands of communities across the world.”

Minister Mc Hugh emphasized the important role played by Civil Society organisations, who work alongside Irish Aid to respond to humanitarian crises and implement longer term development programmes.

Press Office
29 August 2016