Dáil debates

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

International Sanctions

10:10 pm

Photo of Pádraig O'SullivanPádraig O'Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Belarus' actions go back to, as the Minister mentioned in his response, the fraudulent presidential election in 2020. A number of sanctions were imposed at that time. Subsequently, their involvement in the war in Ukraine has led to further sanctions.

I welcome all the measures that have been taken heretofore. I understand that we are working with our EU colleagues and partners in terms of the six packages, as the Minister mentioned. I would implore the Minister, as, in fairness, he has done in the past, to ensure that Ireland would be at the forefront in calling for those further sanctions and that those sanctions would be robust and deal severe consequences to Belarus.

I note that the G7 met a number of days ago. Out of their discussions, there was a further ban on palladium, potassium and other metals and chemicals. I would hope that we follow in a similar vein as we have heretofore. I urge the Minister that Ireland would follow-up robustly.


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