Maximising support in Ireland for the freedom and rights of the Palestinian people

The primary focus of our work is to influence Irish Government and where appropriate, European Union foreign policy in support of the national, democratic and human rights of the Palestinian people. This is carried out through the presentation of reasoned arguments and factual information, substantiated by the requirements of international law and treaties. While some of this work involves direct lobbying and advocacy work with TDs (members of the Dáil/Irish Parliament), senators and MEPs to encourage them to adopt pro-Palestinian positions on an individual and political party basis; the ultimate aim of changing foreign policy underpins all our work.

Occupied Territories Bill
Next Seanad vote is on 28th November!

We are asking for your assistance once again in preparation for the next critical stage in the Occupied Territories Bill 2018.  On 28th November 2018, the Bill will be voted on at “Committee Stage” (which is a vote involving the full Seanad). The first vote which took place on 11th July was passed with a margin of only five votes.

A defeat in a vote on the Bill at any stage means it will not be enacted. So there is no room for complacency! 


This document provides you with a list of all Senators and outlines how they voted when the Bill was presented on 11th July 2018. And this document provides you with a list of key messages for engaging with politicians for this round of the campaign. Using these documents, we ask you to take the following steps:

  1. Contact Fianna Fáil, Labour and Sinn Féin leaders in the Seanad (see list of Senators)
  2. We’re asking you first and foremost to email, phone, write to, or, even better, request a meeting with the leaders of the parties which supported the Bill in July, thanking them for their party’s support and urging them to make sure that all of their party colleagues in the Seanad are present for the vote. This is particularly necessary for Fianna Fáil as only half of its Senators were present in the chamber in July.

  3. Contact another few Senators, in particular those independents who abstained in July
  4. Is there any other Senator listed in the document linked above who you are familiar with or is from your constituency? Please get in touch with them if so. We also need to focus in particular on those independents who abstained from the vote in July.

  5. Contact your local Fine Gael TDs
  6. The time to start putting pressure on Fine Gael and calling out their weak arguments in opposition to the Bill (see our key messages document) is now! They have threatened to block the progression of the Bill by withholding a “money message” when it (hopefully) comes into the Dáil – a highly undemocratic move. And they need to hear from their constituents that this is not on. So please contact your local Fine Gael TD(s) whose contact details you can find here.
    And if you’re sending an email, please “CC” Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (

Please note that an individually addressed email to each Senator is the most effective way of engaging with them over email.  Group mailings are much less effective.

And there is of course no substitute for face-to-face engagement with a TD or Senator so if you can meet any to tell them of your support for this Bill, that would be extremely helpful.

A number of public meetings on the Occupied Territories Bill hosted by Senator Frances Black are being held around the country.  It would be great if you could come along, bring some friends and show your support for the Bill!

  • Mon 5th – Naas, Kildare – Osprey Hotel, 7.15pm
  • Tues 6th – Galway – Harbour Hotel, 7.15pm
  • Mon 12th – Nenagh, Tipperary – Abbey Court Hotel, 7.15pm
  • Thurs 15th – Cork – Metropole Hotel, 7.15pm
  • Mon 19th – Limerick – South Court Hotel, 8.00pm (with Deputy Niall Collins TD, meeting co-hosted by Sadaka, IPSC Limerick and Gaza Action Ireland).
  • Thurs 22nd – Dublin – Liberty Hall Gaza Fundraiser (SIPTU)

Lastly, we would be most grateful if you could forward any written replies you receive from the politicians you contact to:

As always, thank you for your continuing work and support!

Marie Crawley
Chair, Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance


Occupied Territories Bill

Sadaka Campaigns

The Occupied Territories Bill, developed by Sadaka and tabled by Senator Frances Black, will prohibit the import of goods and services which are produced in illegal Israeli settlements. Settlements are a war crime under international law.

Other Campaigns

Sadaka Campaigns

Sadaka runs targeted campaigns on an annual basis, each one aimed at achieving a particular goal such as Irish Government Recognition of Palestine, pre General Election commitments on Palestine and similar goals.


Conferences & Public Meetings

High Level Fora and meetings are used to get particular messages to selected audiences. We focus on high profile speakers to attract key decision makers and people of influence.


Sadaka Publications

Writing and disseminating high quality factual information and analysis on political developments in Palestine is a central tenet of what we do.

Education Resources

Sadaka Education Resources

In partnership with the Curriculum Development Unit, Sadaka produced an education resource on Palestine available on the Irish secondary school curriculum. More resources also available.

Visiting Speaker Programme

Sadaka Visiting Speaker Programme

Sadaka organises high level speaking tours with invited guests, primarily from Palestine. They typically involve meetings with the Minister, political party leaders, leading NGOs, trade unions and presentations to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Political Meetings

Sadaka Political Meetings

Political meetings are core business for Sadaka as we attempt to shift Irish foreign policy towards the achievement of political self –determination and human rights for the Palestinian people.

Palestinian Churches

Sadaka, the Churches and Palestine

Sadaka has hosted lengthy speaking tours with leading Christian church leaders from Palestine to encourage the Irish churches to develop pro-active positions on the plight of their brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.

Trade Unions

Sadaka and Irish Trades Unions

Sadaka has worked closely with trade unions since our formation building on their strong pro-active positions on Palestine.

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