Dáil Questions: Foreign Affairs

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To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the discussions he had with US Secretary of State John Kerry on 30 October 2016 regarding the situation in Yemen; his views regarding whether the use of Shannon Airport by the US military was also discussed at the meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016.
Ref No: 36090/16 Lottery: 13 Proof: 27

REPLY
I met with Secretary of State Kerry on 30 October, in advance of him being awarded the 2015 Tipperary Peace Award. Most of the discussion focussed on Brexit and the Northern Ireland Peace Process, but we also spoke about other matters, including a brief discussion about the situation in Yemen. We discussed the prospects for political negotiations, to bring an end to the fighting.
There have been some reports, in recent days, of parties to the conflict indicating their willingness to engage with the peace roadmap set out by UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and his team, although reports of continued fighting are also widespread. As I have said before, the only solution to this conflict is a political one and, for the sake of the civilian population who continue to suffer the longer this war continues, I hope that the parties embrace this latest opportunity to broker peace.
Secretary of State Kerry and I did not discuss Shannon airport, its use by the US military or otherwise.

Question No. 39
Parliamentary Question – Oireachtas

To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his department’s plans to continue to donate public money to a foundation (details supplied) in view of the serious questions raised regarding the foundation by recent email leaks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016.
Ref No: 36089/16

Clinton Foundation
REPLY
(Minister of State, Mr. Joe McHugh T.D.)

Through the Irish Aid programme, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade works with a range of partners to deliver on our longstanding commitment to improve access to quality health and HIV services for poor and marginalised communities.

Since 2003, Irish Aid has worked in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative on the fight against HIV and AIDS. This work, implemented in partnership with the Ministries of Health in Mozambique and Lesotho, has been very successful in improving the prevention of HIV and increasing the number of people receiving HIV treatment.

The Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative are recognised for their technical expertise in drug procurement, health technologies and nutrition. They are also highly respected internationally for their ability to negotiate the lowest prices for drugs and other essential commodities, which would otherwise not be available to Ministries of Health in developing countries.

In 2016, we are providing a total of €450,000 in direct funding to the Clinton Health Access Initiative. This supports HIV prevention in Mozambique, and equitable access to quality healthcare in Southern Africa. Future direct funding to the Clinton Health Access Initiative will be based on the outcomes of these programmes and on the Initiative’s capacity to deliver effectively on our health and HIV objectives.