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Delivering “no cuts” message

6,500 postcards have been signed by members of the public calling on the Irish government not to cut the overseas aid budget.

In the photo are Derek McDowell (Concern), Fran Flood (Skillshare International),Helen Keogh (Worldvision Ireland), Mary Purcell (Progressio Ireland ), Tom Ryder (VSI) and Jim Clarken (Oxfam Ireland)

These were delivered today to Government Buildings in Dublin by a coalition of humanitarian organisations. Representatives from Concern, Worldvision Ireland, Oxfam Ireland, Progressio Ireland, VSI, Gorta, Skillshare International, Trócaire and Dóchas delivered a giant postcard, outlining why a further cut would be unacceptable.

Derek McDowell, of Concern said:

A 24% cut in the overseas aid budget over the past year has been disproportionate and will not only impact on the lives of the poorest people in the poorest countries where we work but will also damage our international reputation if we go further off-track in trying to keep to our solemn international commitment of giving 0.7% of GNP to overseas aid by 2012.