Fianna Fail to call for a recall of the Seanad to debate Gaza and eastern Ukraine…

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After the failed attempt to move the government parties to grant a recall of the Dail to debate the situation in Gaza, Daragh O’Brien released a statement this afternoon:

As the Taoiseach has the sole discretion to recall the Dáil during recess and it appears less and less likely that he is going to do so, Fianna Fáil has decided to take direct steps to force a recall of the Oireachtas in the Seanad.

“We successfully used this mechanism during the recess last year for a critical debate on organ donation. Given the cross party revulsion at recent events, I am confident that we will be able to do so again.

  • Michael Henry

    Pity that the Taoiseach refused a debate in the Dail about the mass slaughter of the people of GAZA-Which Sinn Fein asked for- but when Kenny has got a foreign minister who is also in the ‘ Fiends ‘ sorry the friends of Israel group what else can we expect-good to see Fianna Fáil trying to get another talks venue open-

  • Ernekid

    What ever happened to Seanad reform? We voted to keep the useless talking shop now let’s reform the bloody thing.

  • mickfealty

    I suspect this is another chapter in the campaign for reform. The Seanad has worked its way clear of executive control (in part through the generosity of the Taoiseach), something worth keeping a close eye on..

  • npbinni

    Hamas leaders are using Palestinians as canon fodder while they themselves hide in their reinforced bunkers. Hamas’s grotesque resumption of rocket fire this evening at civilians in Israel shows once again that it is they who wish for this conflict to continue. What a depraved organisation.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    I’m sure Israel is crapping itself at the recall of the Dail. On a more serious note does the Israeli justifications of its mass murder of Palestinians start to ring a little hollow? I think they are starting to finally loose the media war. Shelling kids on beaches in front of hotels filled with foreign journo’s is bad press man. The only thing more sickening than watching the Israeli’s justifying the kids murder is that oily, brainless twat, John Kerry, popping up to tell us how nasty those Hamas folks are and how Israel have fully the support of the US. I don’t think I’ve heard a more clear cut case of protecting the democratic US Jewish vote. Shameful.

  • Michael Henry

    The Israel government are using Israelis as canon fodder whilst they themselves hide in hitler style bunkers-

    Israel is not interested in peace has it said it would continue to attack tunnels under its massive war wall which has GAZA hemmed in-Israel is trying to kill of a people and you support this-

  • Sergiogiorgio

    The fodder might be Palestinian np, but the cannons are most definitely Israeli.

  • Jag

    1,700 killed in Syria last week, between 170-250,000 killed in past year. Beheadings, torture, ethnic cleansing, mass rape, starvation, one third of population displaced, a country which really does possess WMD.

    Distance between Gaza and Syria is the same as Dublin to Belfast, just over 100 miles.

    More Christians in Syria than in Gaza.

    Fine and dandy that FF have called for recall (as have SF) but shouldn’t political leadership have clearer, or at least more defensible, priorities?

  • JR

    It is extremely difficult to watch any of the reports of this conflict, If it could be called that. One of the most “advanced” nations on earth, who a generation ago herded an entire ethnic group out of their country at gun point into a small strip of land, then leave them there to rot with no proper sanitation, health care, education or anything that could be needed to fulfill basic human aspiration.

    Israel may not be “Crapping itself” over Irelands response but Ireland must do what it can in condeming the killing of civilians in Gaza and the ongoing maintenance of an aparteit state where by accident of ethnicity and religion you are born to have or not have rights.

  • npbinni

    Israel builds bunkers to protect itself from Hamas rockets. Hamas uses its building materials to construct attack tunnels from which to kill and kidnap Israelis.

    The fact that Hamas has already resumed its rocket attacks on civilians in Israel, while Israel extends its ceasefire, shows who wants this to go on and who wants it to stop.

    Hamas is a depraved bunch of monsters who want Palestinians to be seen to be suffering, and those who support their tactics are quite moronic.

  • npbinni

    I stand corrected, it is cannon.

  • mickfealty

    JR,

    What exactly can or should Ireland respond with?

  • Roy Walsh

    The recall can never happen so long as parties who avoid upsetting international relations is in power, I’d question whether a Fianna Fáil government would recall Dail Éireann were it in power?
    The fact outside of Ireland remains, the, again, mass murder of Gaza civilians is potentially a war crime, the re-radicialisation of young Palestinians will only fill up the ranks of Hamas solders for the next several decades, anyone notice a similarity with somewhere closer to here, peace in the middle East, and therefore threat to other places, especially the US and Britain, is put off indefinitely.

  • JR

    Well at the very least a strong condemnation. I know it is very little but at least it is a statement for the record that the disagree not only with the ongoing indiscriminate killing but also with the ongoing situation in Gaza which lead to the conflict. Leading on from that there is the potential for diplomatic sanctions with the Israeli ambassador.in Dublin. She has not been covering herself in glory in some of her horrendous tweets on this conflict. There is also the possibility of raising the issue of sanctions at the EU.

  • mickfealty

    I’m not sure who would Roy? Calling for it in a press release is one thing, actually expecting it to happen is quite another.

    It might not even be the most optimal way for a neutral state like Ireland to act in the circumstances.

  • mickfealty

    I’m looking to put together a ‘reader’ blog on this matter for Tuesday. If you have any links to good analysis of 1) what’s happening on the ground, or 2) how we got here, and the chances for change, on either place, I’d be very grateful…

  • Jag

    The only possible pressure that Ireland can bring to bear on Gaza is the threat to US military landing rights at Shannon. It is the US which backs Israel with airpower, and airpower is what stops Al-Qasm from making its way into Tel Aviv and hand-to-hand combat where chances are they’d get a score draw, or with a suicide-as-a-weapon mentality, even a win.

    All other pressure is so soft as to be practically irrelevant though thanks awfully for the moral support and that when the skulls of our babies are being blown apart.

  • Roy Walsh

    Precisely Mick, I do think that, given our lengthy history, as peacekeepers in the region, and peace makers worldwide, we have a role to play.
    British and US responses have been pitiful, Ireland, all of it, has a position recognised internationally, as equitable, we can and should use this to pressure those, Israel as well as the legitimate government of Gaza, to compromise for the sake of the innocent who are dying and those living in fear of such.
    As above, the violence here is cyclical, every few years there is a route, it was going on in Lebanon before, we were peacekeepers there, but UN will not intervene in Gaza. If we did recall an Oireachtais then we could at least call for UN involvement to protect not only the people of the region but the world from the aftermath.

  • Roy Walsh

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0727/633416-seanad-to-be-recalled-to-discuss-gaza/
    It is happening and, albeit never quote me on this but, occasionally the government do listen.

  • mickfealty

    Recall confirmed this evening. Let’s hope it’s more than tokenisation

  • AMS2013

    Israel created Hamas..It’s blowback for them . Just like 9/11 was for the USA.

  • submariner

    Cut all diplomatic relations with Israel expel its ambassador and implement a boycott of all Israeli goods for starters.