My main points:
– The implications of Brexit for the UK’s contribution to humanitarian aid.
– The need greater transparency and accountability on exactly where EU development fund and trust fund moneys are going.
– With the British Government gone from policy formulation, we potential for a greater emphasis on untied aid which Ireland has always supported
– The potential positive outcomes for Ireland from Brexit, including the possibility of international financial sector firms moving here.
– Need for enhanced regulation and oversight of our tax policies because our reputation is already tarnished as a result of the term “tax haven” being applied to Ireland.
– There are countries in the EU with very regressive policies on refugees. The mantra seems to be “good migration management”, which means that the EU trust fund is being used for security and border management by states with appalling human rights records
– Yemen is experiencing as the worst humanitarian crisis across the globe, with 70% of the population depending on humanitarian assistance.
The conflict in Yemen is fuelled by official arms sales by some EU countries and other western states, primarily the UK and the USA