Irish Delegation Checks on Irish Aid in Ethiopia

    A five-party delegation from the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade is on a five-day visit in Ethiopia to check on the Irish government’s projects and programs in the country.

    The delegation, which consists of committee chair Pat Breen, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Dan Neville and Labor Senator Lorraine Higgins, will assess the effectiveness of Irish aid in Ethiopia, which totals to about $35 million.

    “In the current economic climate people have questions over the scale and effectiveness of Irish Aid’s programmes,” Ó Fearghaíl said. “There is a need to ensure monies are well-spent.”

    Apart from overseeing Irish-funded projects in the country, the delegation will meet with Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and other government heads to discuss human rights issues in the country.

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