Wednesday, 29 November 1972
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Ryan: Can the Minister say what action the Government of the Republic of Ireland have taken besides paying lip service to resolutions of the United Nations? In particular, what action have the Government taken to ensure that no economic aid, either by way of purchases from the areas in question, or otherwise, is given by Ireland?
Mr. B. Lenihan: It is all helpful. Last year it helped 250 students from Portuguese territories to continue their studies. They were enrolled mainly in African institutions. We subscribed to the fund which enabled them to be enrolled. Next year we are increasing our subscription to the fund.
Mr. Ryan: Would the Minister not agree that this is of no assistance whatsoever to the campaign to bring to an end the colonial occupation of these territories? Is the Minister aware that many of the people aided in the way he says are not permitted to return to these territories when they have completed their education abroad?
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