Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD is seeking cross-party support for a motion being put forward by Fianna Fáil condemning the use of chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Dozens of people, including many children were killed after a toxic substance spread through the Northwestern province of Idlib following a bombing raid.

Deputy O’Brien commented, “My Party have put forward a motion, for which we are seeking cross-party support, outlining Ireland’s absolute opposition to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“This attack is a clear violation of international law and the ongoing actions of the Assad regime, supported and facilitated by Russia, demonstrate a blatant disregard for human life. We believe that Dáil Éireann should speak with one voice on these atrocities and send a clear message of condemnation from this country.

“Ireland has a moral obligation to speak out against such crimes and I hope that those from all parties will support this motion to stand with the people of Syria. The collective focus of the international community must remain on what is actually happening in Syria and all nations must add their voice to the campaign for peace in the region,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.