Oxfam Ireland disappointed at delay in delivering aid promise

Published: 23 November 2005

Oxfam Ireland today expressed disappointment at the Government's announcement of a new target date of 2012 for Ireland's long-standing commitment to spend 0.7% ODA/GNP on overseas aid, originally promised for 2007.

Oxfam Ireland today expressed disappointment at the Government's announcement of a new target date of 2012 for Ireland's long-standing commitment to spend 0.7% ODA/GNP on overseas aid, originally promised for 2007.

"We're disappointed that the government has chosen to delay meeting its overseas aid commitment till 2012, when we believe it should be 2010 at the latest. The delay means that extremely poor people will be deprived of much-needed resources," said Colin Roche, Advocacy Officer for Oxfam Ireland.

"The government must now deliver on the timetable it has set and also take legislative measures to ensure that this commitment is honored by future governments. The government must also publish its committment for each and every year till we reach 0.7%. We can then be proud of delivering on our promise to the world's poorest."

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