Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Ceisteanna (117)

Violet-Anne Wynne

Ceist:

117. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the way Irish corporations can continue to justify their engagement with the state and economy of Israel given that Ireland has acknowledged the fact that Israel’s occupation of Palestine territories is illegitimate (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23886/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

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 our trade, and will continue to do so.

Ireland distinguishes between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967, in line with international law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. This position is common across all Government Departments.

IDA Ireland is an autonomous Statutory Agency which operates under the aegis of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, who is best placed to comment on the Agency’s activities and decisions and is also responsible for trade. In this regard, I refer the Deputy to recent replies by the Tánaiste on the matter.

Ireland’s position will continue to be based on international law, Israel’s obligations as the occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and on the relevant Resolutions of the UN Security Council.