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Ó Donnghaile welcomes book of condolences for loss of life in Palestine

7 August, 2014

Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the opening of a book of condolences at Belfast City Hall for all of those killed in Palestine in recent weeks.

Councillor Ó Donnghaile said;

"Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Belfast in the last few weeks to protest against the Israeli onslaught on Gaza and to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

"Those protests have attracted people from all walks of life and all shades of opinion. Many Belfast City Councillors have stood with them on these protests.

"Sinn Féin lobbied the mayor and asked for a book of condolences to be opened here at City Hall.

“We wanted to enable Belfast’s citizens to show their concern at the huge death toll as a result of the latest onslaught and call for a peaceful and just settlement.

 "This would give people the opportunity to register their demand for an immediate and verifiable ceasefire in Gaza to end the suffering we have seen on our television screens and on social media.

“This book is for all victims – it is an expression of our sadness, our anger and our resolve to see a just resolution to the issues facing people there.

 "I welcome the fact the book of condolences will now be opened at City Hall and I would encourage people to go along and sign it." 

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