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    Time to cut it back a bit?

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    Irish Aid – the Irish Government’s official development cooperation programme – it is still a significant focus of the programme with some €5m being spent in India each year
    Full circle: India buys 200 tons gold from IMF - India Business - Biz - The Times of India
    India buys 200 tons gold from IMF
    Nuclear Weapons - India Nuclear Forces
    the NRDC estimates that India has a stockpile of approximately 30-35 nuclear warheads and claims that India is producing additional nuclear materials. Joseph Cirincione at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (3) estimates that India has produced enough weapons-grade plutonium for 50-90 nuclear weapons and a smaller but unknown quantity of weapons-grade uranium. Weapons-grade plutonium production takes place at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center,
    Sounds to me like Trócaire, Goal and Concern are pissing into the wind in some of these countries and quite frankly being made fools of
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    I posted this back in March:

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazlitt
    Since June (2008) apparently we've cut the overseas aid budget three times, and the most recent cut last month was by €95million (10% of the total overseas assistance program).

    But considering the state is having to borrow approximately €55million per day is last months cut really that shocking?
    Considering we are borrowing approx 500m p/w to stay afloat (all of which has to be paid eventually by taxpayers) yes we should cut overseas aid. Will this have an affect on our international relations? Yes. But practically, realistically, we need to cut it. Our deficits are having a disastrous negative impact on us domestically, and the taxpayers is where our governments responsibilities lie.

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    for a small country that is borrowing €450m every week to survive, we simply cannot afford to spend €813m every year on overseas aid.
    the nation is close to bankrupcy and it is completely idiotic to be spending that kind of money assisting foreign countries.
    we are effectively in receipt of foreign aid ourselves via the ECB loans to our banking system
    The amounts they give away appear to be a matter of pride judging by their website Irish Aid - About - Mission & Aims

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    Welcome To Indian Space Research Organisation - Home Page

    Ive no problem with aid in certain circumstances but no way should we be subsidising Indias Space Program
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    Just remember guys whatever state you may think this country is in the countrys that get this money are in much worse states than ours!!!

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    We should not be cutting back on foreign aid. We should cut out foreign aid altogether. We have to borrow €500 million a week to keep the country afloat, we’re broke. How on earth can it make sense to give away borrowed money as foreign aid?

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    the hwole issue of aid needs to be looked at. India has a nuclear and a space programme and is a welathier country than Ire;and, dow e give them aid.

    Im put in mind of the old saying,
    international development is poor people in rich countries giving money to rich people in poor countries.
    The principal of international aid is of course to be supported, but the method needs to be examined
    "Sometimes the best thing a government can do is simply get out of the way"-Vince Cable

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    Quote Originally Posted by louis bernard View Post
    We should not be cutting back on foreign aid. We should cut out foreign aid altogether. We have to borrow €500 million a week to keep the country afloat, we’re broke. How on earth can it make sense to give away borrowed money as foreign aid?
    So basicly ******************** the world?? even though we going through a bad patch at the moment, you have to know that the countries this money goes to are in so very much worse state than ours and with out this money people will die!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by USER1234 View Post
    So basicly ******************** the world?? even though we going through a bad patch at the moment, you have to know that the countries this money goes to are in so very much worse state than ours and with out this money people will die!!!
    At the least we should watch where the money goes. We should in no way be subsidising Indias Nuclear program nor its Space program. Same goes for any country where the root cause is corruption.

    May I suggest these guys for a diversion of the aid we send to India:
    Kazakhstan's radioactive legacy - The Big Picture - Boston.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by blindjustice View Post
    At the least we should watch where the money goes. We should in no way be subsidising Indias Nuclear program nor its Space program. Same goes for any country where the root cause is corruption.

    May I suggest these guys for a diversion of the aid we send to India
    Kazakhstan's radioactive legacy - The Big Picture - Boston.com
    Who says we are?? do you have proof that the money we send is used for those programs???

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