Following a briefing by leading Irish development NGOs in Leinster House held this week, Donegal TD and Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has praised their work overseas.
“The history of Ireland’s NGOs and missionaries is a unique one. Ireland are world leaders in effective overseas aid. Worldwide our reputation for overseas aid and development is exceptional when compared to other countries and per head of capita, few countries and people in the world donate more,” he said.
The Donegal North East deputy said that Ireland should be proud of our NGOs and Missionaries and the fantastic work that they carry out globally.
“Despite the economic crisis at home, overseas aid and development is an area in which we can hold our head high. Significant funding is raised from the ordinary citizen. Over €100 million is received annually by the main NGOs voluntarily from the Irish public,” he said.
“That is a truly incredible testament. It is also clear to me that the NGOs in this country are passionate about proper corporate management, accountability and effectiveness.
“The goal of achieving long-term, sustainable results in Ireland’s programme countries is only achievable through the excellent work of Irish NGOs and Missionaries, and the generosity of Irish citizens.”