Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss review of Irish Aid Programme

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence will meet tomorrow at 9am in Committee Room 1.

04 October 2017

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Session 1: 9:00 a.m. Discussion on the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence’s review of the Irish Aid Programme. [Secretary General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Director General, Irish Aid]

Session 2: 10:45 a.m. Department of Defence and Defence Forces Strategy Statement 2017-2020.  [Secretary General, Department of Defence]

Committee Chair, Brendan Smith TD said, “The Government’s most recent Policy for International Development, One World One Future, was published in May 2013. The world is facing unprecedented challenges with the increasing number and scale of humanitarian crises, violent conflicts, conflict related migration flows, poverty and climate related crises. Tomorrow, we will engage with the Department on Ireland’s development aid objectives for the foreseeable future.”

“We will also meet with the Department of Defence to discuss the development of a new Strategy Statement for the Department and the Defence Forces for the period 2017 to 2020. The Strategy Statement will chart a way forward for the Department and the Defence Forces and we as a Committee welcome the opportunity to engage with the Secretary General on this important document.”


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Joint Committee Membership:

Chairman: Brendan Smith TD (Fianna Fáil)


Seán Barrett TD (Fine Gael)
Seán Crowe TD (Sinn Fein)
Noel Grealish TD (Independent)
Tony McLoughlin TD (Fine Gael)
Darragh O’Brien TD (Fianna Fáil)
Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Independents4Change)


Ivana Bacik (Labour)
Mark Daly (Fianna Fáil)
Billy Lawless (Independent Group)
Gabrielle McFadden (Fine Gael)