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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 December 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Questions (520)

Brendan Griffin


520. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the recognition of Palestine by Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45991/15]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Government works consistently to achieve a sovereign Palestinian state not just in theory but in fact, and all of our actions on the Israeli/Palestinian issue are directed to that end. It is central to our objective of a two state solution that will ensure the security and prosperity of both peoples.

I continue to consider carefully whether the recognition by Ireland now of a state of Palestine, prior to its real achievement on the ground, could be a helpful step towards that goal.

The motions passed in the Seanad on 22 October and the Dáil on 10 December are very important factors in that consideration, but ultimately it remains a matter for assessment and decision by the Government. Other factors are its symbolic importance for the Palestinian people, its likely impact on the prospects for advancing the peace process, and its effect on Ireland’s own influence on the issue, which is very important to us.

I have made clear that I will recommend early recognition by Ireland if I conclude that it can be helpful.