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Sinn Féin will increase Overseas Development Assistance to 1% of GNP by 2010

21 May, 2007


Sinn Féin Chairperson and general election candidate for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald said "The Government's decision to reduce Overseas Development Assistance commitment to just 0.5% by 2007 is unjustifiable, and constitutes 'a betrayal of the world's poorest people'. In Government Sinn Féin would incrementally increase this to 1% of GNP by 2010. The party intends to make the reduction of poverty and inequality key goals of Irish development policy.'

Ms. McDonald said:

"Despite the genuine commitment of the Irish people to help Make Poverty History, the UN Millennium Development Goals on global poverty reduction by 2015 have not been a central objective of the current Irish Government. Instead, it reneged on promises to allocate 0.7% GNP in Overseas Development Assistance by 2007. This is the third wealthiest state in the world - the Government's decision to reduce our commitment to just 0.5% by 2007 is unjustifiable, and constitutes a betrayal of the world's poorest people.


"In Government Sinn Féin will work for the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and continue to support the global campaign to Make Poverty History.


"We would incrementally increase Overseas Development Assistance to 1% of GNP by 2010, ring-fence the ODA budget and keep all such aid un-tied.


"Sinn Féin will make poverty reduction and the reduction of inequality in all its forms key goals of Irish development policy." ENDS

Supporting Global Social Justice

  • Work for the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and continue to support the global campaign to Make Poverty History.
  • Incrementally increase Overseas Development Assistance to 1% of GNP by 2010, ring-fence the ODA budget and keep all such aid un-tied.
  • Make poverty reduction and the reduction of inequality in all its forms key goals of Irish development policy. Ensure policy transparency at all stages and work in partnership with actors in developing countries.

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