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"Poverty contributed greatly to the scale of this disaster"- Ó Snodaigh.

21 January, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh congratulated the Irish and International aid efforts in Haiti.

“While congratulating the Irish and International tremendous aid efforts, and in particular the incredible strength of the Haitian people themselves it is evident that poverty and a lack of resources contributed greatly to the scale of this disaster.

“The question must be asked, why aren’t the former colonial powers, who were largely responsible for the post colonial economic decline of states like Haiti, and who have profited from the injustices of colonialism, not providing more aid to improve the country’s infrastructure and better prepare them for a disaster like this?

“I also believe there is too much reliance on armed forces to respond to international crises. I would like to see a better funded and better prepared Rapid Response Unit in Ireland and in all member states of the UN. It is my belief that the primacy of the UN with regards to coordinating a response to disasters like the earthquake in Haiti should be established and set in stone.

“Finally, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Irishman
Andrew Grene who was tragically killed while working as a special assistant to the
head of the UN mission in Haiti.”ENDS

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