12. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update on the Rohingya; the efforts being made by the EU and the international community to address the humanitarian crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11078/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): In the months since military security operations began in Rakhine State, Myanmar in August 2017, more than 680,000 refugees, mostly Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Most of these people have settled in refugee camps that have existed in the region since the early 1990s where conditions are precarious and ongoing international efforts will be required to sustain those living in the camps. An estimated 120,000 Rohingya ...

21. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which all Irish aid, bilateral and general, has successfully been delivered to those for whom it was intended in all locations throughout Africa, the Middle East, Haiti and-or other locations that have suffered disaster in recent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11575/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Ireland’s humanitarian assistance focuses on providing timely and effective support to the most vulnerable and hard to reach populations experiencing severe humanitarian disasters and emergencies. Ireland pays particular attention to the needs of those enduring protracted crises, and those in crises no longer at the forefront of public attention but where needs are great.
Over the past five years, significa...

25. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the new steps that can be taken to address the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11579/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The situation in Syria continues to be one of utmost concern. The conflict, which is now in its seventh year, has cost an estimated half a million lives. Over 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including close to 3 million people trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. Over 6 million people are displaced internally, and a further 5.5 million have fled to neighboring countries a...

45. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which he, together with his EU and UN colleagues, continues to co-ordinate efforts to address issues of war, starvation, deprivation and human rights abuse at the most severely affected locations globally; if international aid continues to get to its intended targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3672/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The scale of humanitarian crises globally continues to increase. The UN estimates that over 145 million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and protection, mainly as a result of conflict, but also natural disasters. $24.7 billion is needed in 2018 to respond effectively to urgent humanitarian needs. Humanitarian crises are complex in nature, frequently resulting in significant displacement, food ins...

53. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the UN’s record appeal for $22.5 billion to help victims of conflict and humanitarian crises around the world (details supplied); and the way in which his Department will respond to this record appeal. (Question 53149/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I am aware of the UN’s appeal and the massive humanitarian need that exists in the world today. The pace at with which the need is increasing is very worrying and presents an enormous challenge for the global response.
Ireland’s Overseas Development Aid (ODA) budget has consistently supported responses to humanitarian crises. In 2016, €194 million, more than one quarter of our ODA, was directed to humanitari...

79. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the new steps that can be taken to address the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53493/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Through the EU, Ireland has long advocated for and supported the development of durable solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons, and in tackling the root causes of displacement.
Through our engagement with conflict-affected countries, refugee hosting countries and our EU counterparts, Ireland supports conflict resolution and development in Syria, Iraq and the wider region. The situation in Syria continue...

163. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the action which has been taken at an international level to raise the plight of the Rohingya people who have been fleeing Myanmar in large numbers due to threats to their lives; the position regarding this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44800/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 and 167 together. 
The escalation of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25 August has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis both within Rakhine State and in neighbouring Bangladesh, where more than 580,000 refugees, most of them members of the Rohingya community, have fled. 
In response, the international community has sought to pursue political engagement to bring the violence to a...

167. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the position of the Rohingya; the efforts being made by the Government and international community to address this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44889/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 and 167 together. 
The escalation of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25 August has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis both within Rakhine State and in neighbouring Bangladesh, where more than 580,000 refugees, most of them members of the Rohingya community, have fled. 
In response, the international community has sought to pursue political engagement to bring the violence to a...

93. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which the international community effort has been adequately co-ordinated in the aftermath of emergencies globally such as the Horn of Africa affected by starvation, famine and war; the extent to which the efforts there are hampered by competing demands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40075/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): 2017 has been a year of unprecedented humanitarian crises, including the reoccurrence of the threat of famine in the Horn of Africa. The international community’s coordinated response can and is working. For example, following UN Secretary General Guterres’ February 2017 call to action to address the four famines threatening more than 20 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, the inte...

2102. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount of funding provided to an organisation (details supplied) requested by his Department to administer an emergency humanitarian support scheme to assist small businesses, community, voluntary and sporting bodies return to their pre-flood condition in the aftermath of flooding in County Donegal during the week of 22 August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37782/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Government is allocating €2m to be distributed as emergency humanitarian support to small businesses and community, sporting and voluntary bodies in County Donegal which through no fault of their own
have been unable to secure flood insurance and have been flooded following the exceptionally heavy rainfall of August 22nd and 23rd. 
The scheme is aimed at providing a contribution to the costs of returning premises to their ...

124. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the World Food Programme, WFP, has indicated more than 500,000 children will die in the next three to four months in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen if emergency food supplies are not urgently delivered and that funding shortfalls are hindering its ability to help these children and deliver the emergency food supplies; and if he will respond to the WFP funding drive and assist it in tackling these humanitarian crises. (Question 31636/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): As Minister, I share the urgent concern internationally for the 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, who are at high risk of famine. These include 1.5 million acutely malnourished children.
Ireland is responding to each of these protracted emergencies through the timely allocation of humanitarian assistance. So far in 2017, we have allocated €4 million in humanitarian assistance to...

254. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding the situation in South Sudan; the efforts being made to bring an end to the civil war and to address the emerging famine in the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31030/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I share the grave concern at the protracted political and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in 2013, the population of the country have suffered death and injury, the destruction of livelihoods and widespread human rights abuses, in particular serious gender based violence against women and children. Ireland has repeatedly condemned the violence and continues...

92. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka as a result of heavy rain which caused severe flooding and landslides in central, southern and western parts of the country; his plans to come to the assistance of these persons in this time of need; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29261/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am aware of the need to ensure that humanitarian assistance and support is provided as quickly as possible to the many thousands of people suffering as a result of the damage caused by severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka. Ireland has not directly provided any emergency funding to Sri Lanka at this time. However, 228,000 Swiss francs ( €210,000 approx) was allocated from the International Federation of the Red Cross’s Disas...

56. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of the State’s humanitarian response to the unfolding famine in east Africa and the measures being taken to help prevent its escalation with millions more persons at threat of starvation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25640/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Deputy Thomas Pringle: My question relates to the current humanitarian and political crisis in the Horn of Africa where famine threatens in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. What measures is the State taking diplomatically and in the provision of humanitarian assistance to deal with that?
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65. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the degree to which he continues to press upon his EU and UN colleagues the urgency of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa; the extent to which plans are in hand to deal specifically with the issues arising, including the need to provide interim arrangements such as safe havens and a specific and comprehensive plan to provide drinking water throughout the regions; the extent to which adequate protection exists to ensure the safety of NGOs and volunteers and an assurance aid is directed to those for whom it was intended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25606/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is unprecedented. Drought continues to worsen in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, where 13 million people are facing crisis levels of food insecurity. Somalia continues to face a significant risk of famine, and famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan.
Ireland continues to prioritise this region in our humanitarian response. The Horn of Africa crisis was dis...

74. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the aid that is being allocated to the Syrian crisis; his plans for escalation of this aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25499/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): Since 2012, Ireland has provided €76.5 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the Syria crisis. This represents Ireland’s single largest response ever to a humanitarian crisis. Our funding has supported those in need within Syria as well as Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. We work with UN and Red Cross partners, and as well as NGO partners, to ensure that our funding reaches the most vuln...

309. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has considered funding treatment support for the Yazidi women in Iraq that have been subject to rape, torture and sexual slavery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21667/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): In our humanitarian assistance, Ireland places a strong emphasis on the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls in emergencies and conflict settings. A clear focus on gender equality, protection and gender based violence must be an essential part of every humanitarian operation. Since 2012, Ireland has provided just over €7.75 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq. In 2016, over €3 million was allo...

636. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the supports his Department is giving to assist local populations in drought regions of Somalia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19962/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): We are deeply concerned about the severe drought conditions in many parts of Somalia, as a result of poor and erratic rains over the last two years. The impact includes large-scale displacement in the worst affected areas, with almost 600,000 people forced to flee their homes over the last six month period alone. 
Over 6 million people in Somalia are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Almost 3 mi...

50. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which unilaterally or together with his EU and UN colleagues, the international community can become effectively and positively involved in the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq; if consideration has been given or is likely to be given to the establishment of safe havens to provide early relief to those affected by war; his views on whether there will be progress in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18300/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): Ireland continues to respond to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian need as a result of crises across the Middle East. We have provided a total of €76.5 million in humanitarian assistance for victims of the Syrian conflict since 2012 and a further €5.75 million for Iraq. Furthermore, through our contributions to the EU and to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, Ireland is making a strong contribution...

63. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which the international community can be mobilised to address the humanitarian crisis arising from war, oppression and starvation in the Horn of Africa, with particular reference to Yemen, Sudan and Somalia; if, in view of the warnings from humanitarian aid organisations, provisions can now be put in place to address the emerging situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18299/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Government shares the deep concern internationally at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Conflict, drought and loss of livelihoods are forcing people to flee their homes, and millions are suffering from acute hunger and are facing famine. The UN has called on the international community to step up efforts to avoid catastrophe.
In 2016, Ireland provided some €195 milli...

229. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made to address the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18641/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): Ireland continues to respond to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian need resulting from ongoing conflict and violence in Syria and Iraq, including through support to neighbouring countries, which are hosting huge numbers of refugees. 
Since 2012, we have provided a total of €76.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the Syria crisis. At the conference co-chaired by the EU and the UN in Brussels last we...

230. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on whether the international community has focused and is successful in achieving targets in respect of the provision of safe drinking water to areas suffering from war, starvation and famine such as countries in the Horn of Africa, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria; his views on whether the campaign to provide such drinking water has been successfully developed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18642/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): In 2016, Ireland provided over €190 million globally in humanitarian assistance to people affected by crisis and conflict, including in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria. The funding is directed towards the provision of life-saving assistance including food support, shelter, and the provision of basic services including health, education and water and sanitation. 
In 2016, we also provided €7.5 million i...

235. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which humanitarian aid reaches those for whom it was intended throughout the globe; the number of areas currently of concern in this regard; the actions taken to address the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18647/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): The international community is currently challenged by the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises globally, as a result of war and conflict, drought and famine and the devastation caused by natural disasters. Over 128 million people in 33 countries around the world are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. 
The UN has identified the emergencies, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen as particularly complex cri...

238. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on steps the EU or UN can take to protect persons who are refugees from war zones; if safe areas can be established for international aid under the protection of the military; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18650/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): The provision of effective humanitarian assistance is a key foreign policy priority for the Government. Ireland provided over €190 million in humanitarian funding in 2016 to assist people affected by crisis and conflict around the world, including refugees from war zones. In addition, Ireland also contributes to the European Commission’s humanitarian action outside the EU, which has an annual budget of some €1...

124. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if, in view of the ongoing strife in the Horn of Africa and the likelihood of increased famine and starvation, the EU and UN can mobilise its resources sufficiently to address the issue of starvation and the protection of civilians; if a comprehensive aid programme supported by peacekeeping forces can be organised to address the most serious issues arising in Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria; if the African Union can also be engaged to combat the activities of Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab in the short term; if an equally aggressive campaign to supply clean drinking water to the areas in question can be organised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14670/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Humanitarian Aid Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Joe McHugh): I am deeply concerned by the situation of the more than 20 million people currently facing famine, or threat of famine, in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria.
In 2016, Ireland provided a total of some €195 million in humanitarian assistance to people affected by crisis and conflict, including in the countries mentioned. This funding is directed towards the provision of life-saving assistance in...