Foreign Affairs Committee to meet Minister Charlie Flanagan TD

November 10th, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade will tomorrow meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD for an update on a range of crises facing the international community, and the role Ireland is playing help the vulnerable people impacted.

In what will be his first such engagement since assuming his new post, Minister Flanagan will update the Committee on the latest issues which fall under the remit of his Department, including an outline of Ireland’s approach at recent and forthcoming Foreign Affairs Council meetings in Brussels.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD says: “Members look forward to welcoming Minister Flanagan before the Committee for the first time in his new post. The engagement will provide an opportunity for Members to raise issues of concern such as the conflict in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Middle East Peace Process, Libya, the Ebola outbreak in three West African States and ongoing instability in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“At a meeting in September, we heard harrowing first hand accounts of the devastating impact of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Workers just returned from fighting the deadly virus asked the Committee to press for a central medical evacuation system at EU level, to ensure medical personnel treating those on the frontline can be efficiently evacuated if they contract the virus. With the EU Commission and Member States collectively pooling over €800 million to curb the Ebola outbreak in that part of West Africa, Members will be keen to assess with Minister Flanagan what further assistance can be provided by Ireland and the EU.”

“We also look forward to assessing the outcomes of the most recent Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meetings, which adopted key conclusions in relation to the Ukraine and Iraq/Syria. With the latest development in the Middle East Peace Process and Gaza to be discussed at the next FAC, the Committee will be keen to assess how EU Foreign Ministers are proposing to contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable solution there.”

The meeting commences tomorrow Tuesday 11 November at 3:30 pm in Committee Room 1, LH 2000. The meeting can be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/.

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