13 July 2006 Edition
Government action demanded on Palestine
A demonstration organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Dublin last Saturday heard severe criticism of the EU and the Irish Government over their passivity and compliance in the face of Israel's military incursion into Gaza.
The demonstration was addressed by Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald. She told the crowd: "It is a matter of abject shame that the EU has been a party to starving Palestine and her people of much needed economic resources. It is a matter of utter disgrace that we cannot face down those malign political forces that would brutalise Palestine. And it is a matter now that the Irish people must take into their own hands and demand that, on our behalf, our Government act on its own part but also as part of the EU."