Responding to the appointment of Charlie Flanagan as Minister for Foreign Affairs Sinn Féin spokesperson Seán Crowe TD said the new minister needs to hit the ground running with the immediate issues of the crisis in the North and Israel’s attacks on Gaza requiring urgent attention.
Deputy Crowe said;
“I congratulate Minister Flanagan and look forward to working with him over the course of the rest of this Dáil.
“There is a crisis in the North and the new Minister must end this government’s lack of engagement in the peace process and take a hands-on approach to dealing with key issues that need to be addressed.
“The other issue that needs urgent attention is the situation in Gaza where Israel is pummelling the Palestinian people with air strikes and building up to a ground offensive. The Minister must engage with the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland to put pressure on them to call an immediate ceasefire.
“There are other areas that need attention including the issue of the voting rights for the Irish diaspora and setting a date for a referendum. The issues of Syria and Iraq will require attention too.
“However the Minister must hit the ground running on the crises in the North and the Middle East both of which require immediate attention.”