Comedian Tommy Tiernan says the money is there for the Irish Government to meet its commitments to Overseas Development.
On his podcast called 'The Tommy, Hector and Laurita Podcast' last week, he told of his time in Somalia with Trócaire and explained if the Irish Government hit its commitment charities wouldn't have to ask regular people for funding.
A statement from Tommy Tiernan in response to Simon Coveney TD - Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence pic.twitter.com/6BwFg9PS6T
— Tommy Tiernan (@Tommedian) September 22, 2022
In a statement to Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney on Twitter earlier, the comedian said:
“This is what they do, they bamboozle the public with numbers and figures and charts, the truth behind these statistics is that it’s not enough money and they know it’s not.
“They could give what’s needed if they wanted, they could address global food structures at the U.N.
"If they wanted, they could address crop dependency and market interference if they wanted. They don’t.
“The money is there, the Fine Gael government first promised in 1974 to give 0.7% of GNI in Overseas Development Hunger.. we’re still waiting and a child will die today of hunger.”
The state has given a portion of Gross National Income in the budget, with the expectation that another portion will be given next week in Budget 2023.