Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee and exempted from using the word "limited", Reg. No. 39647. Reg. Charity No. CHY 5745,
Registered in Ireland, Registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 1 417 7700
Something to be proud of
St Patrick's Day is a time to reflect upon, and be proud of, Ireland’s achievements in working with those less fortunate in our world. Ireland and its aid agencies play a leading role in combating hunger and in responding to emergencies across the world.
It is welcome and timely, then, that the new government has renewed its commitment to giving 0.7% of our national income to overseas aid. If possible, this should be done by the target date of 2015, in line with its international commitments.
Making a difference
The disaster in Japan brings to mind the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods last year and, indeed, the Asian tsunami of 2004. In our response to global emergencies such as these, Ireland proves small countries can make a difference on the world stage. This is something for which we have received considerable international plaudits.
A unique perspective
Our moral and practical support for people in the poorest and most vulnerable countries is part of our DNA. It gives us a unique perspective on the world.
Given the reputational damage suffered by Ireland over the past couple of years, it is all the more important to acknowledge this positive contribution to the world.