Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called on the Irish Government to raise its voice for peace and justice in relation to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict following the resumption of hostilities in Gaza.
He said the return of violence underlined the case for a recall of the Dáil to discuss the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Speaking this morning Gerry Adams said:
"The world watches with deep regret, and indeed despair, as hostilities have resumed in Gaza.
"It is the ordinary civilian population which has borne the brunt of recent violence and it is clear that this will continue to be the case.
"What is occurring in Gaza is a humanitarian disaster and now is the time for a re-doubling of international efforts to finds a lasting and just peace which recognises the human and national rights of the Palestinian people.
"The Irish Government must raise its voice for peace and justice. So far, the stance of the Irish Government has been marked by shameful silence, inaction, and when it came to voting at the UN Human Rights Council - abstention.
“The relevance and credibility of our political institutions have been undermined by the Taoiseach’s refusal to reconvene the Dáil.
“Today I am again calling on the Taoiseach to ask the Ceann Comhairle to reconvene the Dáil immediately to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and what Ireland can do in the search for a durable peace."