Press Releases

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

Irish NGOs welcome EU’s new vision to fight poverty and climate change but express concern at lack of accountability

28 may 2013

At the European Foreign Affairs (Development) Council in Brussels today, European Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers committed to ending extreme poverty within one generation and setting the world on an environmentally sustainable and socially... Read more

Don’t pitch the world’s poor against the poor in Ireland, say NGOs

21 may 2013

Members of Dóchas, the Irish Association of Development NGOs today welcomed the statement from the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) in support of overseas aid.  Read more