Overseas aid programme 'among best'
Taxpayers have been told to be proud after the country's overseas aid programme was rated among the best in the world.
Ireland was the only country out of 23 major donor nations to score in the top 10 on all four measures of aid quality.
Irish Aid, which is funded by the tax intake, was commended in a report published by the influential Centre for Global Development and Brookings Institution in Washington DC.
Peter Power, minister of state for overseas development, said Ireland has a well-deserved reputation as a global leader in the fight against hunger.
"This comprehensive report again confirms that Ireland's overseas aid programme is highly effective, sharply focused on the world's poorest and delivered in a spirit of partnership with other donors and governments in the developing world," he said.
"To be the only country rated in the top 10 across all four indicators for aid quality proves that Ireland is punching well above our weight in the complex and evolving field of international development.
"This report again confirms that funds from the Irish exchequer are being used in a targeted and effective way to improve the health, education and employment prospects of the most vulnerable families in the world's poorest countries."
The study, Quality of Official Development Assistance Assessment, compared aid quality across 31 countries and multilateral institutions including the European Commission and the United Nations.
It recorded that Ireland ranks among the best in the world in a number of areas, including its share of allocation to poor countries, use of recipient systems, co-ordination of technical co-operation, having a single aid agency, and co-ordinating its analytical work.