Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Territorial Integrity of Georgia and its Integration into the European Union: Motion

9:40 am

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Before we go into private session, I wish to comment on an incident at Trinity College the other night. The organisers of an event and the Provost of the college quite rightly condemned the fact that the Israeli ambassador was denied an opportunity to speak. People should always be given the opportunity to speak and engage in dialogue, regardless of what views we may hold on the content of their speeches. The diplomatic corps is about communicating and representing one's country. That was an unfortunate incident and I hope it will not be repeated anywhere in Ireland in respect of representatives from any other countries.


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