A ringing endorsement then..

Former US President Jimmy Carter has stated, “I would say that the Irish Government has become the pre-eminent voice for human rights in the European Union.” – just after the Irish Government gave his Carter Centre [which has its critics – Ed] €600,000 to add to the previous donations of €50,000 in 2005 and €70,000 in 2006. RTÉ points out the latest funds will be paid over three years. A report yesterday noted the comments from an Irish Aid spokesman.

A spokesman added: “The Carter Centre is the only non-governmental organisation that Irish Aid supports in this area. This initiative is in line with our move to provide strategic funding multi-annual support for our key partners. The organisation is however, very reliant on former President Carter and his reputation.”