NGOs across the country react to Budget 2016

13 october 2015

Today the Government unveiled Budget 2016 and announced that the Irish economy has recovered from the recession. The budget was put forward as a 'family' budget but what does Budget 2016 really mean for the work of the development sector and those affected by its work in Ireland and around the world? Dóchas members give their response. 

One of the major issues for the international development sector is the overseas aid budget:

The changes to Overseas Development Assistance were announced today (October 13 2015) by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, TD as part of Budget 2016. 

Here is the segment of the speech which pertains to overseas aid: 

  • You can read the full speech by Minister Brendan Howlin here

  • The speech by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, TD is also available here (courtesy of The Irish Times).

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs has responded to the announcement, welcoming the news, with this statement


Reaction from NGOs in Ireland

What does this all mean and how will it affect Irish development NGOs and their work? Around the country this evening NGOs are digesting the news from Budget 2016, announced by the Government. Here are some of the reactions so far from NGOs and be sure to follow NGOs on twitter as further discussion and debate continues on #budget16. 

  • Dóchas - The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations:

“Budget 2016 halts the slide in overseas aid, but much more is needed for Ireland to honour its international commitment.”

  • Concern:

“Concern welcomes increase in overseas aid budget”

  • Trócaire:

“Increase in overseas development assistance a welcome step”

Overseas Aid is not the only budget issue that matters to non-governmental development organisations. Reactions to other issues:

  • Oxfam Ireland:

“Budget lost opportunity for real tax transparency”

  • Christian Aid Ireland:

"Chrisitan Aid welcomes spillover analysis but reserves judgement on its usefulness" 

  • Age Action: 

"Age Action Welcomes increases in state pension and other income supports"

  • Saint Vincent de Paul:

"Broad stroke budget with gaps"