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  • Northside East

Local councillor’s Palestinian flag motion gets support

Monday, 10th April, 2017 8:00am
Local councillor’s Palestinian flag motion gets support
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NORTHSIDE councillor’s motion calling for the Palestinian flag to be flown above City Hall will be decided at a full meeting of Dublin City Council next month. 

People Before Profit councillor John Lyons, who represents the Beaumont-Donaghmede Local Electoral Area (LEA), received cross-party support for the motion.  

The motion, passed by the Protocol Committee on March 30, will now go forward to the full city council meeting for a final decision on May 8. 

“It is a small but important symbolic gesture of support and solidarity with the Palestinian people living under brutal Israeli occupation,” said Cllr Lyons.  

“I do believe such acts of solidarity are important and I sincerely hope that city council officials and my fellow elected representatives will work together with me to ensure the Palestinian flag will fly proudly over Dublin city soon.”

If the motion receives full support, it’s envisaged that the flag will fly over City Hall for a month, beginning on May 15.

This date marks the “displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people in 1948 by armed Israeli forces”, according to Cllr Lyons’s motion.

Cllr Mannix Flynn (Ind) seconded the motion. He told Northside People that the passing of the motion is about flying the flag of a nation of people who wish to be recognised in their own right and that it’s an appropriate thing for Dublin City Council to do. 

“As a nation, we are right beside these people in this struggle,” Cllr Flynn said. “We’ll always be at the forefront because of our particular struggles. This is just a symbol and a gesture of goodwill and friendship, solidarity and support to these people.

“If you’re in difficulty in your life, if you’re occupied with soldiers tramping around your home and your homeland, it’s very difficult to think that someone cares about you. 

“It’s just a signal that we care about them. We care about what goes on in Palestine, we care about what goes on in the Middle East.”

In a statement to Northside People, a spokesperson for the Israeli embassy to Ireland, said: “A decision to fly the Palestinian flag over Dublin City Hall would be counter-productive and will ultimately defame the good name of the city of Dublin and its citizens.  

“Should Dublin City Council approve such a motion, it will in effect raise a white flag of submission to terror organisations, hatred and blackmail.”

Dublin City Council said it did not wish to comment until the final motion is passed at May’s full council meeting.

Meanwhile, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomed the motion being passed.

IPSC chairperson Ms Fatin Al-Tamimi, a Palestinian-Irish citizen whose family is originally from Hebron and Gaza in the occupied Palestinian territories, said: “We would like to especially thank Cllr John Lyons for proposing the motion and all the members of the council’s Protocol Committee for voting unanimously in favour of the proposal,” she said. 

•Cllr Lyons’s conversation with Northside People about the motion can be accessed at:

This date marks the “displacement, dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people in 1948 by armed Israeli forces”, according to Cllr Lyons’s motion.

Cllr Mannix Flynn (Ind) seconded the motion. He told Northside People that the passing of the motion is about flying the flag of a nation of people who wish to be recognised in their own right and that it’s an appropriate thing for Dublin City Council to do. 

“As a nation, we are right beside these people in this struggle,” Cllr Flynn said. “We’ll always be at the forefront because of our particular struggles. This is just a symbol and a gesture of goodwill and friendship, solidarity and support to these people.

“If you’re in difficulty in your life, if you’re occupied with soldiers tramping around your home and your homeland, it’s very difficult to think that someone cares about you. 

“It’s just a signal that we care about them. We care about what goes on in Palestine, we care about what goes on in the Middle East.”

In a statement to Northside People, a spokesperson for the Israeli embassy to Ireland, said: “A decision to fly the Palestinian flag over Dublin City Hall would be counter-productive and will ultimately defame the good name of the city of Dublin and its citizens.  

“Should Dublin City Council approve such a motion, it will in effect raise a white flag of submission to terror organisations, hatred and blackmail.”

Dublin City Council said it did not wish to comment until the final motion is passed at May’s full council meeting.

Meanwhile, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomed the motion being passed.

IPSC chairperson Ms Fatin Al-Tamimi, a Palestinian-Irish citizen whose family is originally from Hebron and Gaza in the occupied Palestinian territories, said: “We would like to especially thank Cllr John Lyons for proposing the motion and all the members of the council’s Protocol Committee for voting unanimously in favour of the proposal,” she said. 

•Cllr Lyons’s conversation with Northside People about the motion can be accessed at: https://soundcloud.com/hayleyhalpin1/john-lyons-on-palestinian-flag-over-city-hall

 REPORT: Hayley Halpin

Cllr John Lyons (PBP)

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