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Thursday 18 July 2019

Gorey District to cut further links with Israel

Cllr Fionntan O' Suilleabhain
Cllr Fionntan O' Suilleabhain

A motion calling for Gorey to cease 'all further links' with Israel and its representatives, following the recent Gaza campaign, was carried at Gorey Municipal District's monthly meeting last week, after the majority of Councillors abstained from the vote.

Cllr Fionntán O Súilleabháin put forward the motion, calling on the Municipal District to note that representatives of the Israeli Government were received in Gorey over recent years with a view to developing links between the town and the State of Israel on a broad range of fronts.

The motion noted 'the widely expressed views of such representatives in relation to Gaza.' It concluded by stating 'in light of Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people, in particular the citizens of Gaza, all further links with Israel and their Irish representatives will cease.'

Cllr O Súilleabháin said most places feel helpless to act locally about a global issue, and this motion was just to say they disapprove of the destruction of schools. 'The siege of Gaza is continuing,' he said. 'It's an area from Castletown to Kilmuckridge, with 1.6 million people. We just need to take a stance.'

The motion was seconded by Mary Farrell, who said while she couldn't do anything about it, she had great empathy for people in that situation.

Cllr Robert Ireton said the main problem was with militants in Gaza using schools to fire rockets at Israel.

The motion was carried with two votes in favour and the remaining Councillors abstaining.

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