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# Foreign aid

This year
# Earthquake
Key updates: Aid convoy passes into rebel-held Syria opens as quake death toll now above 40,000
Hundreds of thousands of survivors have been left homeless.
Last year
# budget 2023
Ireland increases overseas aid budget to €1.2 billion with €30m for famine hit Horn of Africa
There will be €1.2 billion for international development – an increase of 17% on 2022 figures.
All time
# baroness sugg
UK Foreign Office minister resigns over plans to slash aid budget
Baroness Sugg, whose brief included sustainable development, said promises should be kept in the ‘tough times as well as the good’.
# impeachment
'This is a cover up': White House under fire as whistleblower reported to be CIA agent
Trump has accused the whistleblower of “treason”.
# Humanitarian Crisis
Ireland donated €51 million in record-breaking year for Concern
Concern says it helped 22.6 million people in 27 of the world’s poorest countries in 2016.
# Foreign aid
Government to give Goal almost €4m following investigation into financial irregularities
Money had been withheld while the charity’s operations in Turkey and Syria were investigated.
# Foreign aid
€3 million in State funding for Goal withheld as investigation into charity's Syrian finances continues
Two members of Goal’s Turkey staff have already been sacked in the aftermath of the scandal.
# Foreign aid
Irish charity GOAL under US investigation for alleged mismanagement in Syria
The USAID agency has put some of its funding for GOAL on hold, pending the probe.
# violent extremism
Bono urges US lawmakers to view foreign aid as national security
The U2 frontman said he understands the financial stress countries are under as they debate how much aid to give.
# Foreign aid
Should Ireland give more money to those in need abroad?
A new survey also revealed the Irish public’s want to increase the budget for foreign aid.
# Charity
Why is Ireland so good at foreign aid? The Famine
Seriously. According to the OECD, anyway.
# Foreign aid
Ireland is going to give €2.5 million extra to Gaza
Ireland has now given €10 million to Palestine since 2010,
# one campaign
Ireland is ahead of the pack in terms of supporting developing countries
Ireland is the only donor country to allocate half of its total aid to the world’s least developed countries.
# Central African Republic
Costello calls for "urgent" international response to CAR crisis
A high-level meeting on the crisis will take place in Brussels tomorrow morning.
# Central African Republic
Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic
With over 700,000 people displaced, Ireland is stepping in to help.
# typhoon haiyan
Gilmore: Irish people expect us to play our full part in Philippines relief effort
It comes as the US and Britain deploy warships to the islands. Some 10,000 people are feared dead in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
# Foreign aid
Ireland ceased funding for Iran anti-drug programme over death penalty concerns
The country donated €600,000 to the initiative between 2005 and 2011, when the decision was made to cease supporting it.
# Hunger
Global Hunger Index falls 34 per cent since 1990
Nineteen countries have been identified as suffering from alarming levels of hunger.
# Foreign aid
Government announces aid funding for women and children
The foreign aid minister says the money will protect the youngest and neediest in Irish society.
# volunteering
Minister encourages retired public servants ‘twiddling their thumbs’ to volunteer abroad
Minister of State Joe Costello told that his department plans to launch a new civilian volunteer corps later this year.
# Sudan
Irish government gives €2m in funding for Sudan and South Sudan
This emergency assistance brings our total support to the region to almost €5.5 million this year.
Column: Eyes on Ireland to defend the EU aid budget
Bill Gates was right to highlight global poverty with Enda Kenny during his recent visit to Dublin – because Ireland is the country charged with brokering an agreement on overseas aid, writes Hans Zomer.
Aaron McKenna: Should we turn off the tap of Irish aid to other countries?
So €4m in Irish aid may have been misappropriated in Uganda. Can we afford to keep giving – or can we afford to stop?
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland distribute foreign aid while it is in a bailout?
With the government suspending aid to Uganda yesterday, we’re asking should Ireland be distributing foreign aid while still under the terms of a bailout?
# Foreign aid
Adoptions, kidnaps and floods: A busy year for Dept of Foreign Affairs
The Department provided millions of euro in aid to countries in crisis, as well as helping Irish citizens with emergencies, adoptions and weddings.
# Human Rights
US could make gay rights a condition of foreign aid
“Gay rights are human rights,” says Hillary Clinton, announcing that the US will use diplomatic tools to promote LGBT rights.
# 2012Elections
Is waterboarding a form of torture? GOP presidential candidates aren't sure
The GOP members battling it out for the presidential nomination were at loggerheads last night about foreign policy, foreign aid and whether waterboarding is a form of torture.
# Death Toll
Turkey quake death toll rises to 534
Meanwhile, rain and snow has caused further difficulties for survivors and rescue teams.
# Budget11
Slashwatch: Ministers, Taoiseach and top civil servants feel the pinch
Salary caps for civil servant salaries and an axe taken to Government’s personal pockets announced.