Updated: 30/07/12 : 08:33:11Printable Version
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said Ireland has donated €3m to Somalia, in order to save lives.
Mr Gilmore announced the aid package yesterday as he tours the Horn of Africa region.
The funding will provide food, shelter and other assistance to thousands of Somalis affected by conflict and hunger.
Minister Gilmore's visit coincides with the one-year anniversary of the UN’s declaration of famine in Somalia in July 2011.
He is the first Irish minister to travel to the African country in more than two decades.
Meanwhile the charity Concern has reports a fall in donations.
Last year saw a 17% drop in the amount of money donated by the public to Concern.
It is said to be in line with expectations, after the previous year's figure was boosted by an increase in support in response to the Haiti earthquake disaster.
According to a report on the charity's worldwide operations, Concern spent €160.3m in 2011, up from €150.7m in 2010.