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Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights?

We’ve given generously to countries that have outlawed homosexuality. But should aid ever come with conditions attached?

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IRELAND GAVE €623m in international aid last year — including funds to countries where homosexuality is illegal, like Uganda, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

Should we be providing money to countries that restrict gay rights?

Conditional aid has been widely debated. Britain’s David Cameron said in 2011 that aid to African countries with poor records in the area would be cut. Others have argued that nations giving aid should not automatically believe they have a right to be a controlling force in a country.

What do you think?

Poll Results:

We should still give, but try and influence policy in other ways. (1472)
The issue shouldn't be a factor --- these countries need our help. (958)
We shouldn't give aid to countries that outlaw homosexuality. (826)
I don't know. (592)

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