Press Releases

Reaction to Budget 2014: Six years of cuts in a row – Overseas Aid targeted for further cuts

15 october 2013

In response to today’s announcement of the Government’s measures for Budget 2014, Dóchas - the network of Ireland’s Development NGOs – expressed disappointment at the Government’s decision to cut the overseas aid budget for the sixth year in a row.  Read more

UN Summit to highlight enormous progress on poverty and need to deliver on existing commitments

23 september 2013

As world leaders are set to meet in New York for a special event on progress in the fight against extreme poverty, the UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has published a report showing that progress has been very impressive, particularly in the area... Read more

19 August is World Humanitarian Day - UN and Irish NGOs honour aid workers who risk their lives; launch new security guidelines

18 august 2013

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) takes place on August 19th each year and is a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others.    The day was designated by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 200... Read more

Budget submission by Irish aid agencies - Time to back up Ireland’s new Policy for International Development, say NGOs

19 july 2013

51 Irish Development NGOs today called on the Government to stop the cuts to the overseas aid budget and to clarify how it will resource its new Policy for International Development published in May. The call was made as the members of Dóchas, the um... Read more

Opinion poll reveals big majority of people wants the Government to deliver on its aid promises

15 july 2013

A new opinion poll, commissioned by Dóchas and undertaken by Ipsos MRBI, found that a very large majority of people – 77 percent – think that “even in an economic down-turn, we have an obligation to invest in overseas aid”. Read more

Irish NGOs welcome plans to establish Independent Charities Regulator

10 july 2013

Irish NGOs today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, of his plans to proceed with the establishment of an Independent Charities Regulatory Authority under the terms of the 2009 Charities Act follo... Read more

EU considered force for good in Ireland, and in the world, survey shows

28 june 2013

A new opinion poll, undertaken by RedC on behalf of Dóchas, the umbrella group of Ireland’s Development NGOs, shows that belief in the positive role of the EU remains high among people living in Ireland. Read more