Press release: Irish NGOs welcome appointment of Ciarán Cannon as Minister for International Development

20 june 2017

Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Tuesday 20th June 2017


Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations – has welcomed the appointment of Ciarán Cannon as Minister for International Development.  

Dóchas CEO, Suzanne Keatinge said: “Dóchas would like to congratulate Minister Cannon on his appointment as Minister of State for International Development. As a network of NGOs working in the area of global justice, we look forward to engaging with the new Minister on a wide-range of issues, including the ongoing tragedy of the refugee and migrant crisis.”

Dóchas has welcomed the commitment by the new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar during his leadership campaign to meet Ireland’s pledge to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Overseas Development Assistance (ODA).

Keatinge continued, “We look forward to working with the new Minister to see this commitment put into action. We must see the publication of a multi-annual plan to reach 0.7% by 2025, at the very latest. In 2016, Ireland spent only 0.33% of GNI on ODA – down from a height of 0.59% in 2008. We need ongoing commitment to financing development, while also maintaining Ireland’s reputation for spending on quality aid.”

Dóchas also called for Minister Cannon to put the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of all of his work as Minister.

“The SDGs provide a blueprint from which all nations have a responsibility to shape their economic, social and environmental policies and programmes in order to eradicate poverty, address growing inequality, and meet climate targets. The negotiations for the goals were co-chaired by Ireland in 2015, under the leadership of former Ministers Sean Sherlock and Charlie Flanagan. We hope to see strong Irish leadership – based on the values of global solidarity, peace and justice – continue under the new Minister.”

Dóchas would also like to thank the outgoing Minister, Joe McHugh, for his commitment and service, and to wish him the very best in his new role as Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands.

Keatinge continued: “Minister McHugh engaged enthusiastically with Dóchas members during the 13 months he spent as Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development. We wish him the very best of luck in his new role.”


For further information, please contact Aideen Blackwood – Dóchas Communications Officer on 01-4053801 or

Notes for the Editor:

  • Dochas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. It has a membership of 61 NGOs. You can find out more about Dóchas and its work here:

  • For a full list of Dóchas members see: