Friday 19 July 2019

Ireland to give 5 million euro to help Palestinian refugees

Simon Coveney said the ongoing conflict in the Middle East meant increased demand for humanitarian services.

Simon Coveney announced the aid package to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (PA)
Simon Coveney announced the aid package to the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (PA)

By Aoife Moore, Press Association Ireland reporter

Ireland has announced funding of 5 million euro for Palestinian refugees.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, revealed the aid package for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Tuesday.

The Tanaiste said the UNRWA carried out essential work, adding: “Ireland is a longstanding supporter of UNRWA.

“Its work is essential to the delivery of healthcare, education and humanitarian relief and social services, including food assistance, to 5.4 million Palestine refugees.

“The ongoing conflict in the Middle East region has meant an increased demand for UNRWA’s services.

“I have seen these needs first hand during my regular visits to the region, as well as the significant operational challenges faced by UNRWA.

“Ireland responded by significantly increasing our funding to UNRWA last year through additional contributions.

“Today’s announcement of 5 million euro in core funding for UNRWA reflects Ireland’s abiding commitment to the vital work of UNRWA.

“The services that UNRWA provides are necessary, and will remain necessary, until a lasting solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict can be negotiated that meets the needs of both parties and resolves all final status issues.”

Successive Irish governments have sent support to the Palestinian people for more than two decades.

The government says it reflects the “longstanding commitment to justice for the Palestinian people and to the development of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state”.

Ireland’s total funding to the Palestinian people in 2018 amounted to 15.38 million euro for humanitarian and development needs.

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