Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Questions (506, 507)

John Brady

Question:

506. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will report on the proposed plan by the Industrial Development Authority, IDA, to situate a business development consultant in Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16340/21]

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John Brady

Question:

507. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the way in which the proposed plan by the Industrial Development Authority, IDA, to situate a business development consultant in Israel to attract companies to Ireland does not contradict efforts by the international community to prevent Israel’s continuing illegal annexation of the West Bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16341/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 506 and 507 together.

IDA Ireland is an autonomous Statutory Agency which operates in accordance with the Industrial Development Acts 1986 - 2019 and under the aegis of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, who is best placed to comment on the Agency’s activities and decisions.

Ireland’s position on the illegality of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory informs our engagement with the State of Israel across a range of bilateral issues, including trade, and will continue to do so. Ireland distinguishes between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.