Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this morning appealed to the Taoiseach to recall the Dáil to support “an end to violence and in support of the United Nations appeal for a 72 hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. This would send a powerful message of solidarity to the people of that region and encourage an intensification of pressure on the Israeli government to accept the United Nations ceasefire proposal.”
The Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD this morning spoke to Saeb Erekat in Ramallah who is the Chief Negotiator of the Palestinian Unity government.
Mr. Adams said:
“Within the last hour I have spoken to Saeb Erekat who is the Chief Negotiator for the Palestinian government. He has asked that the Irish people and the international community support the United Nations call for a humanitarian 72 hour ceasefire.
“The Palestinian Unity government has agreed to this.
“The government of Israel has refused.
“He told me that there is no oil, no water, and no electricity in Gaza. Saeb described to me this current Israeli assault as seeking the total destructio
n of Gaza.
“Last week the Irish government refused to support a UN Human Rights Council motion calling for the setting up of an International Commission of Investigation into events in that war torn region.
“I wrote to An Taoiseach last Thursday requesting that he recall the Dáil to discuss the situation in Gaza and the position of the Irish Government. The Taoiseach has not answered my letter but he has indicated that he is not willing to accede to Sinn Féin's request for the Dáil to be reconvened, despite this call receiving support from TDs across parties and none.
“I believe that this is a mistake, particularly now that the Seanad will be reconvened to discuss this urgent issue, but also in light of the Palestinian support for the UN ceasefire call.
“The Irish government and the Dáil can provide leadership at this critical juncture as efforts are made to end the violence.
“I would appeal to the Taoiseach to request the Ceann Comhairle to immediately recall the Dáil.
“Given our own history as a people, our experience of conflict and our peace process, we can and should play a constructive role in seeking to find a resolution to conflict in the Middle East.”
Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD said:
“A recalled Dáil uniting in support of an end to violence and in support of the United Nations appeal for a 72 hour humanitarian ceasefire would send a powerful message of solidarity to the people of that region and encourage an intensification of pressure on the Israeli government to accept the United Nations ceasefire proposal.”