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Government must clarify status of additional €10 million for Tsunami aid

17 January, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has called on the Government to clarify if the additional €10 million promised by the Government in Tsunami aid was in fact "new money" or just diverted from elsewhere.

The Dublin South Central TD was responding to reports that the extra €10 million would actually come from the existing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance budget. He also asked for the Government to say how much money had already been provided.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Following the tremendous generosity of the Irish people over the last couple of weeks in terms of donations to the various charities the Government upped it's commitment in aid from €10 million to €20 million. This was a very welcome development.

"It was generally understood that this would be new money. However, it is now being reported that the extra €10 million is to come from the existing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance budget.

"I would call on the Minister responsible to clarify this situation immediately. If it is not in fact additional monies, this would be completely at odds with the spirit of generosity shown by the Irish public.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to call on the Minister to say how much money the State has already provided for humanitarian aid for the victims of the Tsunami." ENDS

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