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Sinn Féin affirms solidarity with Palestinian people as flag finally flies at UN – Crowe

30 September, 2015 - by Seán Crowe TD


Seán Crowe, Sinn Féin TD and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, has expressed his solidarity for the Palestinian people on a day when the flag of Palestine flew over government buildings to mirror the flag being raised over the United Nations in New York.

Deputy Crowe made the point however that Sinn Féin tabled a Dáil Private Members Motion in December 2014 demanding recognition of the Palestinian State which was supported unanimously by the Dáil, but which the Government has yet to deliver upon.

Deputy Crowe said:

“I wish to extend Sinn Féin’s, the Irish people’s, and my own solidarity for the Palestinian people on a day when the flag of Palestine is raised above Irish Government Buildings, the United Nations, and parliaments across the world. An overwhelming majority of the member states of the UN backed a hugely symbolic motion to fly the flag of Palestine at the UN.

“General recognition of Palestinian statehood should now follow. We will continue to call on all member states to recognise Palestinian statehood to give further support to the Palestinian people and assist the peace process in the region.

“I regret however that Sinn Féin tabled a Dáil Private Members Motion in December 2014 calling for recognition of the Palestinian State which was supported unanimously by the Dáil, but which the Government has yet to deliver upon. The government should take this momentous occasion as an opportunity to take the next step and recognise the Palestinian people’s right to stand shoulder to shoulder with the other countries of the world.” 

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