Dáil debates

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

EU Funding

9:00 am

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

My officials have met with Commission officials in Brussels with regard to the designations and the EU decision to suspend funding. Since this debate began on the back of the announcement that was made by Israeli authorities, of course, we have been open to looking at any evidence that may be provided. However, as of yet, I have seen no evidence to suggest that the organisation we fund or, indeed, the others that have been named should be designated as terrorist organisations. That is my view. Of course, we have to be open to hearing or seeing evidence, if it can be provided, but until we see that evidence and are convinced by it, we will continue to advocate for the funding of these organisations.

Ireland has consistently been a strong voice for human rights defenders and for civil society groups across the world, and we continue to be, including in Palestine. Of course, we have to be open to seeing evidence, if it is there, of wrongdoing but, as I say, I have seen no such evidence. We will continue to interact with the European Commission on this issue.


Raymond Deane
Posted on 28 Jan 2022 7:23 pm (This comment has been reported to moderators)

"Interacting" with the European Commission is inadequate, given that the Commission appears to be entirely onside with Israel. Such "interaction" is merely an excuse for inaction. Time to sanction Israel - and time to implement the Occupied Territories Bill.

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