Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to grant full ambassador status to the Palestinian Mission in Ireland.
Deputy Adams raised this issue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil in July and has written directly to the minister but, as yet, has not received a substantive response.
He says full ambassador status for the Palestinian Mission would send a strong message to the beleaguered Palestinian people.
Speaking today Gerry Adams said;
“The Palestinian Mission is entitled to the same privileges and immunities, exemptions and facilities as granted to other diplomatic mission in Dublin. There is no reason why the Palestinian state should be denied this.
“Enda Kenny should ensure that the status of the Palestinian Mission in Ireland is upgraded to that of an Embassy under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
“I have raised this issue directly with the Taoiseach in the Dáil just last month and I have written to both Eamon Gilmore and Charlie Flanagan on the issue yet I have not to date received a substantive response from government. This is unacceptable.
“The upgrading of the Palestinian Mission would send a strong message to the beleaguered people in Gaza in the midst of the devastation caused by Israel’s onslaught over the past month.
“It would also send a strong message from Ireland supporting the peace process for a two state solution based on the 1967 borders which is in line with Ireland’s vote at the UN in 2012.”