Breen welcomes €1 million Govt donation for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan

November 11th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Press Office
Pat Breen
Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee

Monday, 11th November 2013

Breen welcomes €1 million Govt donation for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has today welcomed the announcement that €1 milllion has been donated by the Government to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The money is being distributed through Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s overseas development and humanitarian agency.

“I would like to express my condolences to the Philippino people and to the many Philippinos living here in Ireland who are no doubt distraught by the events in their homeland. Over 10,000 people have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan and the number of casualties seems to be growing. Whole areas have been devastated and communities will have to be rebuilt.

“The €1million Irish Aid funding will be made available through trusted Irish NGOs and will go towards shelter, food, water and health. Tents, blankets and other basic necessities, will be made available by Irish Aid and distributed in the Philippines through the NGO Plan Ireland. Ireland’s Rapid Response Corps is also on standby to provide expert help to UN agencies operating on the ground.

“The Irish Aid funding will be provided to NGOs and will be distributed on the basis of assessments currently being carried out by UN, Red Cross and NGOs in the affected areas. 200 tarpaulins, 85 family tents, 10,000 blankets and other basic food and hygiene necessities are being made available from Irish Aid stocks, pre-positioned in Dubai and are due to reach the Philippines today.”

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