€200,000 in Irish aid being sent to Iraq

More than €200,000 in Irish aid is to be sent to Iraq today.

The money will be used to provide food and shelter for thousands of refugees, many of whom are children.

The al-Qaida breakaway group knwn as ISIS that has seized much of north-eastern Syria and huge tracts of Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state.

Minister for Trade Joe Costello said it was our duty to help.

"We have seen the type of ruthlessness that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) has perpetrated. It's in emergencies of this nature that we do have an international responsibility. It's a relatively small amount of money but it's money that's badly needed.

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