Seanad Éireann has passed a motion calling on the Irish Government to recognise the State of Palestine.
The motion was proposed by Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power and agreed by the Senate without a vote. The Government is now expected to respond and advise whether Ireland will join Sweden and other EU partners in recognising Palestine without further delay.
According to Senator Power, “It is important in the aftermath of Israel’s latest assault on Gaza that the international community sends out a clear message of support for the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination.
“Sweden recently announced its intention to recognise Palestine, making it the 135th country to do so. Ireland should join with them in making a strong statement that statehood is a right of the Palestinian people and not something that Israel can veto.
“The more countries that recognize the State of Palestine, the greater the pressure on Israel to end its illegal occupation and agree to a long-term peace agreement in the region.
“Ireland has traditionally been vocal in our support for the Palestinian people and proactive in lobbying on their behalf internationally. We should now be to the forefront of international efforts to secure full recognition for the Palestinian State and deliver a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Senator Power concluded.