Government must recognise the State of Palestine - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the Taoiseach to recognise the State of Palestine.
She made her call in advance of a visit by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to Ireland this weekend.
Teachta McDonald said:
“This weekend the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will make a historic first visit to Ireland on his way to a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“I want to warmly welcome the President’s visit and I hope that it will be a very productive one.
“I understand that President Abbas will meet with the Tánaiste on Saturday evening to discuss a number of issues; not least the ongoing illegal blockade of Gaza and the State’s recognition of the State of Palestine - which is now long, long overdue.
“A Sinn Féin motion to that effect was passed by the Dáil in 2014. The Seanad did likewise.
“There is also a commitment contained in the Programme for Government, yet the government continues to drag its heels.
“Now is the time for us to afford official recognition to the State of Palestine, which is the agreed position of the Oireachtas, and is a necessary position in international terms”.