Government confirms it is withholding €10m from Syrian aid

It is revealed that it is part of the investigation into practises by aid acquiring agencies

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The US Agency for International Development launched an investigation in April into "alleged irregularities" relating to aid programmes in Syria.

In a statement the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade says it remains seriously concerned about the issues under investigation

It says the Department took the decision to withhold funding which had been allocated for Goal's development and humanitarian work in 2016.

The total amount of Irish Aid funds currently on hold is €10.1 million - €7.16 million of that in long-term development funding.

Goal says it's doing its best to maintain operations despite the funding being withheld.

The charity has also commissioned a report into the matter, which has been passed onto the Department.