As part of Sadaka’s political work, we are in contact with members of the Oireachtas who regularly submit Parliamentary Questions (PQs) for oral and written answers. These questions cover a wide range of policy issues ranging from children’s rights to taxation agreements with Israel and feed into our policy work in each of those areas.
Recent Parliamentary Questions
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Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Finance if the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund has invested in companies which operate and derive income from the Occupied Palestinian Territories; if such is consistent with the Irish Government policy of distinguishing between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories of the State of Palestine occupied by the State of Israel since 1967; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide details on the number of times the United States has exercised its veto at the UN Security Council to veto resolutions in regard to Israel-Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the additional measures he intends to take to ensure that no products from illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine are imported into Ireland, irrespective of labelling, in order to guarantee that Ireland is not contributing to gross human rights abuses of Palestinians; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he is satisfied that Ireland played its part in ensuring that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has fully complied with the UN Human Rights Council mandate to compile, publish and regularly update a database of all businesses operating in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory; if he fears that extensive political pressure may have been brought to bear on the High Commissioner to disregard this mandate, to interpret it in a particular way or to hamper progress; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs with regard to the UN database of companies operating in Israel’s illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, if he is of the opinion that the database is at present achieving the objectives outlined in the Resolution adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2016; the initiatives that the Government has taken since 2020 to assist the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in making sure that the database has been regularly updated and is fit for purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 88 of 21 March 2023, if he will provide an update on his bilateral engagement to-date in 2023 with his Israeli counterpart with regard to the ongoing demolition and seizure of Palestinian property in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as the recent escalation in violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will outline his views on a one-state solution for the situation in Palestine and Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs when the recognition of the state of Palestine will take place; and his views on the failure to do so during the 32nd Dáil (details supplied).
Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs with regard to his recent statement that Ireland stands ready to support a just and lasting two-state solution based on international law and internationally agreed parameters as the only sustainable prospect that will enable Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace, if Ireland's backing for such an initiative is contingent on other E.U or U.N. member states spearheading such a proposal; if Ireland would be willing to take the leading role in view of our strong position on human rights, international law and the taking of territory by force; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the prospects for a two state solution given the new Israeli Governments' stated position that Jews alone have an exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the land of Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.