Monday 11 December 2017

Eamon Delaney: We can't afford to give so much in aid

Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

The news that Ireland has frozen its direct aid programme to Uganda on foot of corruption allegations, once again highlights the huge amount of aid that Ireland still sends overseas, despite the crippling recession and cutbacks at home.

Our overseas aid budget continues to stay close to Celtic Tiger levels. We sent a staggering €636m overseas last year in development assistance, and an even bigger €671m in 2010.

The figures, which represent 0.53pc of GDP, and are a commitment made at the 2002 UN humanitarian summit, mean that Ireland remains among the top eight donors in the world, in per capita terms.

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