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South Dublin County Council to fly the flag of Palestine - Cllr Enda Fanning

10 July, 2017 - by Enda Fanning

South Dublin County Council has this afternoon voted to fly the flag of Palestine for a month in solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine. Following a motion put forward by Sinn Féin Councillor Enda Fanning, who represents the Templeogue-Terenure area, the Council voted to support the proposal.

South Dublin Council becomes the fourth Irish local authority to fly the flag of Palestine following in the footstep of Councils in Dublin City, Galway and Sligo who have already agreed to do so.

Speaking following the vote, Cllr. Fanning said:

“I am delighted with today’s vote in solidarity with the people of Palestine. It might seem like a very small gesture but I know from the reaction to similar decisions made by other Councils, that today’s vote will be applauded across Palestine and elsewhere.

“It is only three short years this week since the murderous Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which lasted for seven weeks, began in the summer of 2014. Sometimes it is hard to believe that it even happened as it has been virtually wiped from the memories of the world's politicians and media.

“The Palestinian people still suffer today from the after effects of that onslaught of terror when the world stood idly by. Let us not forget that millions upon millions of EU citizens’ money, including Irish money, had been invested in Palestinian infrastructure only for the EU to stand aside as it was blown apart by Israel's offensive into Palestine.

“What our Council has done today sends a small message of solidarity to the people of Palestine. The flag will fly on the Council’s County Hall building in Tallaght for the next month.

"It is an indication to the Palestinian people that many support their cause across the globe and look forward to day that there is a Free Palestine.”

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