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Ireland sends further supplies to Philippines

2/12/13

Ireland has dispatched a further 16 tonnes of life-saving supplies to the Philippines, Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, T.D., announced today.

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD to visit Kenya and Uganda

4/12/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD began an eight day visit to Kenya and Uganda today to promote increased trade with East Africa and see the impact of Ireland’s aid programme.

Minister Joe Costello launches new school programme in poorest part of Uganda

5/12/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD has launched a school rehabilitation programme in Uganda.

Minister calls for an urgent political solution to deteriorating situation in Syria

12/12/13

"The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Almost 120,000 people have died and nine million men, women and children are in urgent need of life-saving support."

Tánaiste expresses concern at conflict in the Central African Republic

11/12/13

"It is vital that the international community increases support to the country, which is at risk of sliding towards civil war and genocide”

Minister Costello announces funding for those affected by conflict in Central African Republic

27/12/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, has announced €2 million in funding to provide life-saving emergency assistance to civilians affected by the ongoing conflict in the Central Africa Republic (CAR).

Ireland sends a further 47 tonnes of emergency supplies to the Philippines

20/11/13

Irish Aid has dispatched a further 47 tonnes of life-saving supplies to the Philippines. In total 150 tonnes of materials have been airlifted by Irish Aid to the region. Ireland’s total contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort currently stands at €3.5 million.

Irish Aid support to Typhoon Haiyan relief effort to exceed €3 million

18/11/13

The Government has announced an additional €1.6 million in aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, bringing the total funds committed by Ireland to more than €3million.

Tánaiste announces emergency funding in response to Typhoon Haiyan

10/11/13

The €1million Irish Aid funding will be made available through trusted Irish NGOs and will go towards shelter, food, water and health.

Expert Team to travel to Philippines

25/11/13

A team of Government experts will travel to the Philippines this week to assess how Ireland can best assist the country to recover from the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan over the coming months.

€3 million in funding announced for mother and child nutrition

23/9/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello T.D., today announced €3 million in funding to tackle hunger among pregnant women and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Minister Costellos at UN for high-level meetings on global fight against poverty and hunger

23/9/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today begins a visit to New York for high-level meetings at the United Nations to step up the global fight against extreme poverty and hunger.

Irish Aid programme is delivering for the world’s poorest people

12/9/13

The theme of this year's report is Reducing Hunger, Strengthening Resilience. It highlights the difference which Irish Aid's support is making in the lives of families affected by extreme hunger and poverty.

€1 million in funding to support Syrian refugees announced

3/9/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello announces €1 million in funding to support Syrian refugees.

Minister Costello announces funding of €700,000 for Mali

16/8/13

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today announced €700,000 in funding to provide life-saving emergency assistance to refugees and internally displaced in Mali and to support ongoing efforts by the international community to respond to the crisis and support the recovery process in Mali.

Minister Costello compares 1913 Lockout to Government’s commitments to development

23/8/13

that Ireland’s overseas aid programme continues to work towards a world where all human beings are freed from extreme poverty, to ensure everybody has access to services, a world free of inequalities related to income, gender, ethnicity, disability, age and location.

International community called on to honour commitments to tackle hunger and under-nutrition

8/7/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello has urged the international community to step up efforts to tackle hunger and under-nutrition as the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 approaches.

€2 Million in funding for Sudan and South Sudan

5/7/13

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D, has announced €2 million in funding to provide life-saving emergency assistance to refugees and internally displaced people in Sudan and South Sudan. This funding will provide food, shelter, basic health care, water and sanitation and education services to the most vulnerable populations.

Highlighting the Importance of Ports to Increase Trade with Developing Countries

3/7/13

Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today highlighted the importance of efficient and competitive ports to driving greater trade with the developing world.

Minister for Trade and Development launches major global health initiative

26/6/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD today launched an innovative programme to tackle HIV and improve healthcare for women and babies in Africa and Asia by twinning Irish hospitals with counterparts in the developing world

Minister Costello announces €1.65 million to assist families affected by the crisis in Syria

20/6/13

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D, today announced €1.65 million in funding to support thousands of families forced to flee their homes because of the devastating conflict in Syria.

A World free from Hunger is Possible in our Lifetimes

19/6/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD today vowed that Ireland will play a strong role in creating a world free from hunger and under-nutrition within our lifetime.

Our World Awards National Final 2013

18/6/13

St. Patrick’s National School, Glencullen, Co Dublin was announced today as the national winners of the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2013. The winning project was 'Education For All The World's Children’ which focused on the barriers to accessing education and examining solutions to remove these barriers.

Ireland’s Role in Fight Against Hunger

10/6/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello has welcomed new research that has highlighted Ireland’s high performance in meeting its overseas aid commitments to help end global hunger and undernutrition.

Minister Joe Costello pays Tribute to Irish Missionaries

5/6/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello pays tribute to Irish missionaries at “Mission Today & Tomorrow” conference

Ireland is delivering on Presidency Priorities

28/5/13

IRELAND is delivering on its ambitious Presidency programme to focus on the fight to end hunger and under-nutrition and to develop a unified EU position on the future of global development, Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello said today.

Tánaiste welcomes thousands to celebrate Africa Day at Farmleigh Estate

26/5/13

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., together with the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today welcomed thousands of people to Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to celebrate Ireland’s sixth annual Africa Day.

Thousands expected to celebrate Africa Day at Farmleigh Estate

26/5/13

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy a free, family fun day in Farmleigh Estate in Dublin today (Sunday 26 May) to celebrate Africa Day.

Ireland's commitment to Education in Global Development reaffirmed at EU Conference

23/5/13

There are now 40 million more children in school globally than a decade ago, Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello, T.D., today told a Conference on Education and Development in Brussels.

Ireland Announces €2.5 million Support for Mali Humanitarian Crisis

15/5/13

Minister for Trade and Development announces an additional €2.5 million from the Government of Ireland in support of the humanitarian and recovery effort in Mali.

50 Years of the African Union to be celebrated in Ireland

9/5/13

A programme of nationwide events to mark Africa Day have been announced in celebration of the African Union's 50th anniversary.

Ireland maintains support for Somalia

7/5/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, emphasises Irish support for Somalia at an international conference on Somalia in London.

Irish Aid Launches New Policy for International Development

2/5/13

One World, One Future: Ireland’s Policy for International Development sets out the vision, goals and priorities for the Government’s overseas aid programme over the coming four years.

Ireland to Provide €5 Million in Fight to Eradicate Polio

25/4/13

Speaking at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi today, Minister Costello pledged that, through Irish Aid, the Government will provide €5 million over the next five years to eradicate Polio.

Minister Costello co-hosts international nutrition event in Washington during World Bank meetings

19/4/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello T.D., will today co-host a meeting of international leaders in Washington to increase global efforts to tackle child hunger and improve agricultural productivity.

Government pays tribute to Justin Kilcullen on his retirement from Trócaire

18/4/13

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., and the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today paid warm tribute to Justin Kilcullen who has announced he will retire in October as Executive Director of Trócaire.

President Higgins stresses that 'Gross inequalities across the world' are root causes of hunger

17/4/13

Opening the international conference ‘Hunger, Nutrition, Climate Justice’ co-hosted by The Government of Ireland and the Mary Robinson Foundation at Dublin Castle this morning President Michael D. Higgins stated that it is his conviction that “global hunger in the 21st century represents the grossest of human rights violations, and the greatest ethical challenge facing the global community.”

Hunger – Nutrition – Climate Justice Conference

12/4/13

The Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will host a major international conference today and tomorrow (April 15 and 16) to explore the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition and their impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities.

EU Transparency Legislation welcomed by Minister

12/4/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today warmly welcomed the agreement brokered by the Irish Presidency on the EU Accounting Directive which will pave the way for legislation to improve transparency among EU multinational companies involved in extractive and logging industries in developing countries.

Coalition for Childen's Rights launched

9/4/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, today launched the Coalition for Children’s Rights.

Tánaiste announces funding of €1million for Syrian refugees in Turkey

8/4/13

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has announced additional aid of €1 million to help Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Media Notification: Hunger - Nutrition - Climate Justice Conference

27/3/13

The Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will host a major international conference this April to highlight the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition.

MoS to drive trade and investment during South Africa visit

13/3/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., will examine ways to expand trade and investment between Ireland and South Africa as part of his four-day visit to the country, which begins March 14th

Minister for Trade and Development visits Tanzania South Africa and Mozambique

11/3/13

The Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today (Sunday) begins an official visit to Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique to see at first hand the impact of Ireland’s development programme and explore ways that Ireland can assist African partners to grow their economies and exit from aid dependency.

Funding Announced for Democratic Republic of Congo

8/3/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, today announced €3.8 million in funding for UN agencies and NGOs to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Ireland’s support for women in developing countries highlighted ahead of International Women’s Day

7/3/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, today highlighted Ireland’s support for women in developing countries as a core part of our overseas development programme.

Tribute paid to outgoing Concern CEO Tom Arnold

6/3/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, today paid tribute to Tom Arnold, outgoing Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide, for his tireless work to end poverty and hunger.

Minister Costello meets EU Ministers in Brussels to discuss aid to Mali

26/2/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello T.D., today meets EU Development Ministers in Brussels to discuss detailed plans to provide development aid to Mali over the coming months.

Cities Against Poverty Conference Opens in Dublin

8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty opens in Dublin

20/2/13

At a major conference on global poverty in Dublin today, Minister for Development and Trade Joe Costello TD said that the rapid increase in urbanisation is one of the greatest changes, and challenges, facing the world.

Forum held on Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

15/2/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello and Director General of the International Labour organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, today hosted a forum to look at ways women in the developing world can be helped to start their own businesses and build their own livelihoods to help their families escape poverty.

Long-term support for Mali agreed at Dublin meeting of EU development Ministers

12/2/13

EU Development Ministers and Commissioners meeting in Dublin today agreed to resume long-term development support to Mali.

EU Development Ministers Meet in Dublin

11/2/13

EU Development Ministers will meet in Dublin over the next two days to discuss aid to Mali and efforts to help communities at risk of disaster to better prepare for shocks such as floods or drought.

EU announces increase in International Development

8/2/13

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello today welcomed the European Council agreement on the new Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), which will see the EU’s budget for international development increase by almost 5% over the period 2014 to 2020.

Minister Costello presses for closer international cooperation in response to crisis in Mali

5/2/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., is today attending a high-level meeting of representatives from the African Union, the EU and United Nations in Brussels to press for closer international coordination in response to the crisis in Mali.

Additional €4.7 million in Irish Aid announced for Syrian humanitarian crisis

30/1/13

Tánaiste and Minister Costello announce an additional €4.7 million in Irish Aid for the humanitarian crisis in Syria

Minister Costello highlights Ireland's commitment to humanitarian assistance at European Parliament

22/1/13

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today highlighted Ireland’s commitment to ensuring that life-saving humanitarian assistance is delivered quickly and effectively to communities in crisis, including those in Mali and Syria.

Potential of trade and investment to drive progress highlighted at OECD

16/1/13

Minister Costello, highlighted the role of trade and investment in tackling global poverty during a keynote address to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris today.

Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello launches Our World Irish Aid Awards 2013

14/1/13

The awards encourage primary school children to learn more about the lives of children in the developing world and to use their knowledge to create projects from art, drama and essays to poetry, film and music.

Clonakilty students announced winners of Science for Development Award at the Young Scientist Award

14/1/13

Minister Joe Costello presents award to Fergus Jayes, Darragh O Donovan, Ciarán Crowley from Clonakilty Community College, County Cork for their project "The design and development of an improved solar fridge" © Fennell Photography 2013

Tánaiste and Minister of State welcome refund of €4m misappropriated in Uganda

7/1/13

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., and the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today welcomed the refund to Ireland by the Government of Uganda of the €4 million of Irish Aid funds