ROI Overseas Development 2011-2014
Minister refuses to rule out further cuts to aid budget - The Irish Times - Tue, Sep 07, 2010
My understanding is the tax take in 2010 was 33 billion
So 0.671/33 = 2% of the tax money was sent overseas in 2011
I understand that the target for overseas aid in Ireland and the developed world is 0.7%(actual is less) of GDP but in times of defiect and expanding National debt surely this target is erroneous and gives a false picture of what we are spending as a ratio to the National wealth.
I believe that wealthy countries should contribute to the Poorer countries
with strings attached(human rights et all) especially in terms of disaster relief.
However I think with the ROI current cash flow problems, AID in the short term should be drastically cutback.
I notice that England ringfenced spending on AID and health
without a wimper from the public as far as I can see.
Can anyone shine more light on this?
Why no cuts in overseas aid at all?
Is it imperial guilt or does England see its overseas aid package as helping
Strategic and industrial aims(weapons sales etc).
My question is,
Should in the short term the ROI cut its overseas AID bill
until the state's finances have stablised.
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