Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Darragh O’Brien has expressed his disappointment at the meagre increase in ODA in Budget 2017.
“The €10 million increase in ODA is a pitiful gesture and is particularly disappointing given the scale of the humanitarian crises before us.
"In light of the fact that Ireland co-chaired a UN Summit for migration and refugees as recently as September and previously co-facilitated the negotiations to agree the Sustainable Development Goals, this is a unacceptably low increase. Fine Gael is becoming very good at talking the talk but not actually delivering when it matters.
"Ireland will now fall further in terms of the percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) being spent on assisting the world’s most vulnerable. At this stage we are only paying lip-service to the UN target of 0.7% of GNP being spent on overseas development aid.
"I had hoped that Budget 2017 would be used by the Irish Government as an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to assisting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. I believe that they failed miserably in that regard."