19 May 2010
Dearey offers support to the Free Gaza Shipment –
Oireachtas must keep an eye on Irish passport holders
Green Party Foreign Affairs spokesperson Senator Mark Dearey has wished the crew of the ‘Rachel Corrie’ – a ship carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, a safe passage.
The boat left the Irish Sea from Greenore, Co. Louth this morning. Senator Dearey said: “Having seen the cargo myself – it consists of medical supplies, beds, wheelchairs and construction materials. This is purely a humanitarian mission to relieve the suffering of the people of Gaza.”
Speaking in the Seanad this morning, Senator Dearey asserted that is was important that Members of the Oireachtas keep a watching brief on the voyage in the event that Irish people should find themselves in a serious confrontation with the Israeli blockade, as the ship approaches the Gaza coastline.
“It is beholden on Irish parliamentarians to offer what support we can to this legitimate humanitarian exercise, an exercise that John Ging of the UN Relief and Works Agency has called for,” he said.
“I am also joining with our ambassador in Jerusalem in asking that Irish passport holders be treated respectfully and be allowed complete their mission. It is the least we should be insisting on, given the gross abuse of Irish passports by Israeli agents in recent times.”