Sinn Féin TD and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Seán Crowe has repeated his party’s calls for the Government to formally recognise the state of Palestine.
Deputy Crowe was speaking today after the Greek Parliament voted to recognise the Palestinian state and 54 weeks after a Sinn Féin motion was passed by the Oireachtas calling for the same.
The Dublin Southwest TD said:
“On the 10th December last year, the Dáil unanimously supported a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Government to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to recognise the State of Palestine. The Seanad passed a similar motion a number of weeks previously.
“I raised this issue in the Dáil just last week along with my colleague Aengus Ó Snodaigh. The Government’s dithering and inaction disappointed me.
“Their reply mentions that included in their consideration on whether to recognise Palestine was that no other EU country has recognised Palestine since Sweden last year, the potential downsides it might have for Ireland’s work in the Middle East, the recent upsurge in violence, and how Israel might react to the recognition.
“The UN flew the flag of Palestine on September 30th in a symbolic gesture that showed the world that it has long past the time for the Palestinian people to be raised from their status as global second class citizens.
“Today the Greek Parliament became the latest country to vote in favour of recognition.
“Some 137 countries now recognise the State of Palestine, which is over 70% of the 193 member states that make up the United Nations.
“We are simply asking the Irish Government to catch up with the rest of the world, to implement what Irish elected representatives clearly want, what the vast majority of Irish people support and demand.”
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