Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has confirmed that €4m in Irish aid that was allegedly misappropriated in Uganda has been returned.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that there will be no further funding of the country until a full investigation into the matter is completed.

Mr Gilmore was speaking at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he held a joint press conference with Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide after the first of two days of talks.

It was the first high level meeting to be held here since Ireland took over the EU Presidency on 1 January.

Bilateral and trade relations between the two countries were on the agenda.

Norway is Ireland's 11th largest trading partner, with annual trade worth €3.8bn.

Norway is also a major source for Ireland's energy needs.

Through its global investment fund, which is one of the world's largest, Norway has significant holdings in Ireland.