Minister defends Ireland's contribution to overseas aid

The controversy kicked off in October. Conor Lenihan, who had just been appointed Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, bluntly stated that it was unrealistic to expect Ireland to reach the UN aid target of 0.7 per cent of GNP by 20

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Ian Kehoe

1st January, 2005

The controversy kicked off in October. Conor Lenihan, who had just been appointed Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, bluntly stated that it was unrealistic to expect Ireland to reach the UN aid target of 0.7 per cent of GNP by 2007.

The statement was greeted with widespread criticism. Bono, Bob Geldof and Mary Robinson said they were “deeply disturbed'‘ at reports that the aid target would not be met. UN chief Kofi Annan...

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