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Labour Party must clarify position on Gaza aid flotilla – Mac Lochlainn

27 June, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Padraig Mac Lochlainn has described as “disgraceful” the comments from a Labour Party councillor in relation to the Gaza aid flotilla which includes the Irish ship MV Saoirse.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said that the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs must clarify his party’s position on Gaza and on the safe passage of the flotilla.

Speaking from Donegal Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“The comments from Labour Party councillor Richard Humphreys are shocking and could have been lifted word for word from an Israeli government press statement.

“I am especially shocked at this reaction considering only last year the councillor’s party colleague Joe Costello TD rightly condemned the Israeli attack on the previous aid convoy which saw violent reactions from the Israeli Defence Forces resulting in loss of life.

“Councillor Humphreys’ comments are utterly disgraceful and I call on the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs to make his and his party’s position on the aid flotilla clear.

“This second flotilla should be allowed safe travel and the Government here should be speaking to the Israeli authorities to ensure that they get it.

“Furthermore, the Government should be doing all in its power to end the siege of Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinian people there including calling for an end to the preferential trade agreement between the EU and Israel until such time as the siege is lifted.”

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