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Joe Costello reaffirms Ireland’s commitment to tackling hunger & poverty - in the developing world!


Catalpast

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Joe Costello reaffirms Ireland’s commitment to tackling hunger & poverty - in the developing world!

JC it would seem sees nothing wrong in giving away circa €600 MILLION of Irish taxpayers money in just one year into other people's pockets - and sometimes right into corrupt politicians bank accounts if reports from Uganda are anything to go by

- while the Government of which he is part slashes welfare payments and raises taxes on Irish Workers

The Irish Aid Budget has been cut by a miserable 2.5% which is patethic given the mess we are in

This fellow holds the Irish People in contempt IMO

- he ought to be ashamed of himself

Unfortunately Irish Politicians are a gutless lot who even if they have misgivings would quake in their boots at challenging this disgraceful use of money that we cannot afford


Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello reaffirms Ireland’s commitment to tackling hunger and poverty in the developing world

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., stated: “Today’s Budget demonstrates that Ireland remains committed to supporting the world’s poorest people despite the difficult economic climate in which we find ourselves.”



“I welcome the fact that our core development aid funding has been protected in the 2013 Budget, as it was in the 2012 Budget by the present Government.”

“It is absolutely crucial for the Government to address the financial difficulties in which we find ourselves, and Ireland’s aid budget had been reduced by more than €250 million, or almost 30%, between 2008 and 2011 in response to the economic crisis.”

“Today’s 2.5% reduction is a modest decrease which will enable Irish Aid to continue to save lives and build a better future for millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries.”


Department of Foreign Affairs - Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello reaffirms Ireland
 


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A few simple points, Catalpa:

1) Nobody in Ireland has to walk 20 miles to access safe drinking water;

2) Nobody in Ireland dies for want of prescription drugs that only cost a few cents;

3) Nobody dies of hunger in Ireland;

4) Ireland remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

So get a bit of perspective on poverty.
 

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We shouldn't be giving a penny of tax payers' money in Foreign Aid. If it is that pressing a concern, then the government can establish a bank account and let people donate voluntarily.
 

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Of all the suggestions made in the pre-Budget hysteria, the notion that we should cut all of our foreign aid is utterly disgusting.

And it is so-called "socialists" who are calling for aid to starving children to be cut, in order to pay for cossetted public sector pay & conditions.

Disgusting.
 

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A few simple points, Catalpa:

1) Nobody in Ireland has to walk 20 miles to access safe drinking water;

2) Nobody in Ireland dies for want of prescription drugs that only cost a few cents;

3) Nobody dies of hunger in Ireland;

4) Ireland remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

So get a bit of perspective on poverty.
That's real poverty. This type of poverty does not exist in Ireland.
 

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A few simple points, Catalpa:

1) Nobody in Ireland has to walk 20 miles to access safe drinking water;

2) Nobody in Ireland dies for want of prescription drugs that only cost a few cents;

3) Nobody dies of hunger in Ireland;

4) Ireland remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

So get a bit of perspective on poverty.
Get a bit of perspective that we have not got a spare €600 Million right now

Irish People have to pay for this at the end of the day

Many families are on the knife edge as it is...
 

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A few simple points, Catalpa:

1) Nobody in Ireland has to walk 20 miles to access safe drinking water;

2) Nobody in Ireland dies for want of prescription drugs that only cost a few cents;

3) Nobody dies of hunger in Ireland;

4) Ireland remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

So get a bit of perspective on poverty.
True but I would like to see much stricter checks on how the money is spent and I certainly would cut all aid to places like Uganda if they are going to start murdering people based on sexual orientation.
 

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The Foreign Aid budget is the only thing I feel good about when paying my taxes.

Comparing the predicament of someone who has to come up with €100 to pay property tax (in one the world's wealthiest economies) to the predicament of a child who has a 50/50 chance of being alive next week is disgusting.
 

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Where did your last username go?
 

Catalpast

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Of all the suggestions made in the pre-Budget hysteria, the notion that we should cut all of our foreign aid is utterly disgusting.

And it is so-called "socialists" who are calling for aid to starving children to be cut, in order to pay for cossetted public sector pay & conditions.

Disgusting.
I think you have that back to front

JC is a so called Socialist and he is all for it

Mind you on the salary he pulls he won't notice
 

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A few simple points, Catalpa:

1) Nobody in Ireland has to walk 20 miles to access safe drinking water; perhaps not but when water tax is introduced there is a strong possiblity that this could happen

2) Nobody in Ireland dies for want of prescription drugs that only cost a few cents;but it will happen shortly with the increase in prescription charges, people will be unable to afford life saving medication. This nasty, petty, mean-spirited increase will cost more in the long run, in A&E cost, acute hospital beds before these poor unfortunates do was the fg mobsters want and die

3) Nobody dies of hunger in Ireland;perhaps not in fg circles - whole families were going hungry before this budget this will make it worst

4) Ireland remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world. a small golden circle in Ireland remain the richest in the world, the majority are heading towards poverty levels not seen in the developed world since the 20s/30s

So get a bit of perspective on povertybetter still I suggest you learn the reality of poverty, eke out an existence on €188 per week for six months and come back and tell us about your perspective.
 

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We shouldn't be giving a penny of tax payers' money in Foreign Aid. If it is that pressing a concern, then the government can establish a bank account and let people donate voluntarily.
Maybe we should open similar bank accounts to fund Social Welfare and the Health Service?
 

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Maybe we should open similar bank accounts for Social Welfare and the Health Service?

I'm sure they'd be stuffed to the rafters with cash in jig time.

Africa is not our problem, aid has fixed nothing, a huge chunk gets creamed off by the charity business at home and the corrupt abroad, and we have already done our bit by taking in tens of thousands of Africans, and giving them welfare an housing. If you are that altruistic, then remove the trade barriers and drop the debt that prevent them from fixing their own problems- that's how you help them. But robbing from the Irish poor to pad the Swiss bank accounts of the African rich is not the way to go. The government has no duty to these people. As for individuals, I can safely saw that we are among the most charitable people in the world, and would give generously.
 

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A few simple points, Catalpa:

1) Nobody in Ireland has to walk 20 miles to access safe drinking water;

2) Nobody in Ireland dies for want of prescription drugs that only cost a few cents;

3) Nobody dies of hunger in Ireland;

4) Ireland remains one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

So get a bit of perspective on poverty.
Mostly these problems occur due to internal strife, war, corruption or mismanagement of resources
Rarely is the core problem one of lack of resources
 

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Africa is not our problem, aid has fixed nothing, a huge chunk gets creamed off by the charity business at home and the corrupt abroad, and we have already done our bit by taking in tens of thousands of Africans, and giving them welfare an housing. If you are that altruistic, then remove the trade barriers and drop the debt that prevent them from fixing their own problems- that's how you help them. But robbing from the Irish poor to pad the Swiss bank accounts of the African rich is not the way to go. The government has no duty to these people. As for individuals, I can safely saw that we are among the most charitable people in the world, and would give generously.
Yeah, whatever. You can spout your cliche-ridden drivel all you want. Fact is we do pay Foreign Aid, and if we ever stop, I won't be contributing a red cent to the Exchequer.
 

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I wouldn't give this Government much credit, but fair play to Costelo and co. for not digging too much into the overseas aid budget.
 

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I wouldn't give this Government much credit, but fair play to Costelo and co. for not digging too much into the overseas aid budget.
So the welfare of other peoples is more important to you than your own

Presuming of course that the people who really do need help ever get to see any of this

- recent events in Uganda would seem to suggest otherwise...
 

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Ah yes, Joe Costello.

Always a generous man when he is throwing around other people's money.
 

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