Sunday 30 April 2017

Simon Harris: We give generously, but deserve value for money

After Uganda, we need to know where our aid is going

Simon Harris

Week in and week out we hear about the need to reduce public spending and how much we, as a nation, must borrow just to keep vital services going.

We are told there are no "sacred cows" or "low-hanging fruit". "Everything is on the table" is the phrase we hear again and again in political and economic conversations.

Yet as we scrutinise domestic spending, question it, trim it and look at every possible way to save public funds where possible, we still send significantly more than €600m abroad in overseas aid. And this figure does not include all the separate donations that our citizens themselves make directly.

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