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Minister of State for Trade and Development announces that Ireland is ready to assist Japan

Diplomatic Relations, Funding, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2011

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Ms Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has said Ireland stands ready to provide assistance, if requested by Japan, following today’s massive earthquake and tsunami there.

 “We are assessing the situation in Japan and the region and are in contact with our EU and UN partners, as well as the Irish Embassy in Tokyo,” said Minister O’Sullivan.

 “As yet the Japanese Government has not appealed for international assistance, but we stand ready to provide assistance should there be an appeal.”

Minister O’Sullivan said she had asked humanitarian experts from the Irish Aid Rapid Response Corps to be on standby for possible deployment to the region. The Corps is made up of highly-specialised technical experts who can be sent at short notice to work with the United Nations or other humanitarian organisations in the event of an emergency. She has also asked Irish Aid officials to prepare a possible airlift of emergency supplies from the Government’s stockpiles in Subang, Malaysia.


Notes for the Editor