Words on Gaza must be matched with action

09 April 2024

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has called on the new Taoiseach Simon Harris to end trade with Israel and set a date for the recognition of the statehood of Palestine.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“Every person in the Dáil chamber will have welcomed the words from the Tánaiste on the recognition of a Palestinian state. The new Taoiseach must set a date and a clear timeline around when this will happen.

“As the bombing, destruction and killing of civilians continues, there is no time to wait. The new Taoiseach should make it his priority to bring the international community with him and ensure decisive action in Gaza to bring about a ceasefire.

“Spain want to recognise Palestinian statehood by July. There is a real opportunity for Ireland to join with our European colleagues and send a clear message to the people of Gaza and to the international community

“Labour has been steadfast in its call for Government to cease investment and trade in the occupied territories altogether. The scale of destruction witnessed by the people of Gaza is nothing short of horrific.

“Irish people are clear in their condemnation of the destruction of human life in Gaza. It is imperative that the new Government amplifies this voice on the international stage and works tirelessly to secure a ceasefire.”

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