Sunday 4 December 2016

Let's give more to Nepal, not to corrupt African regimes

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Jagot Kumari Rana, 79, is led through the rubble of collapsed homes by her grandson Sogat Rana, 7, in Paslang village near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Jagot Kumari Rana, 79, is led through the rubble of collapsed homes by her grandson Sogat Rana, 7, in Paslang village near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Lok Thapa, 50, holds a niece, Akin Thapa, 2, in the rubble of his collapsed home in the destroyed village of Paslang near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

One thing you won't hear about in this week's Spring Statement is any change in, or examination of, our overseas aid budget.

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As the attention of the world is focused on the unfolding tragedy in Nepal, Ireland's €600m aid programme, administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs, is again in the spotlight.

This is down from the almost billion euro during the Celtic Tiger years, but even into the recession and austerity at home, we still sent an average annual sum of about €700m overseas.

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