Thursday 27 November 2014

Tanaiste: Government's response to Gaza conflict is not 'limp and lilly-livered'

Published 17/07/2014 | 12:32

Tanaiste Joan Burton
Tanaiste Joan Burton

TANAISTE Joan Burton has rejected claims that the Irish Government response to the conflict in Gaza is "limp and lilly-livered".

During sharp Dail exchanges, Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald said innocent Palestinian civilians were being killed by Israeli bombardment - but the Government response focused mainly on warning Irish citizens in the Middle East to take special care.

"It is just not good enough," the Sinn Fein TD said.

The Tanaiste defended the Government obligation to warn its own citizens about their safety and also insisted that Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlie Flanagan, was in contact with the Egyptian government about efforts to broker a ceasefire.

"Ireland helping to make peace in areas of conflict is what we are about," Ms Burton said.

The Tanaiste also said it was wrong of Ms McDonald, as a member of Sinn Fein, to "be-little" efforts to broker peace given the history of conflict in the North.

"You would want to have a heart of stone not be moved by the appalling deaths in Gaza," Ms Burton said.

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