Press Releases

Irish NGOs’ reaction to EU budget summit

08 february 2013

In Brussels today, EU leaders agreed a budget deal that makes a substantial 16% cut to European external spending, compared to original proposals from the European Commission. Over several months, development NGOs and European citizens have been camp... Read more

Irish NGOs urge the Tánaiste to defend EU overseas aid budget in EU negotiations

23 january 2013

Irish development NGOs urged the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD, who spoke today at an Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee meeting, to defend the EU’s overseas aid budget. They highlighted that, as current EU President, this is Ireland’s opport... Read more

Irish NGOs welcome repayment of Uganda aid

08 january 2013

“Aid can serve to support those institutions that provide checks and balances” Irish NGOs today welcomed the announcement by the Tánaiste that the €4 million of aid money that was misappropriated by officials in the Ugandan prime minister’s office la... Read more

Ireland’s EU Presidency is unique opportunity to end world poverty, say Irish NGOs

01 january 2013

The Government’s new year’s resolution can be to champion progress towards a more equitable and sustainable world On New Year’s Day, Ireland’s development NGOs welcomed the start of Ireland’s six-month presidency of the EU and urged the Irish governm... Read more

Irish NGOs express disappointment at aid cuts, but welcome measure on charitable tax relief

05 december 2012

“International cooperation is central to fighting the global recession” Irish development NGOs today expressed disappointment that the Government, announcing Budget 2013, has cut the overseas aid budget by €16 million.   Read more

Irish NGOs say EU budget summit breakup offers hope of better priorities

23 november 2012

Tonight, as negotiations on the EU's multiannual budget ended without agreement, Irish NGOs called for a re-think of the proposed changes in the overall size and make-up of the budget proposals. Read more

Irish NGOs say EU’s overseas aid spending is effective and has the support of the majority of Europe’s citizens

13 november 2012

Dóchas welcomes Tánaiste and EU Affairs Committee support for protecting EU aid spending Irish development NGOs welcomed today’s discussion at the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee at which Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD spoke on current negotiations... Read more