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!
ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! ACTION!
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:
- Contact Fianna Fáil, Labour and Sinn Féin leaders in the Seanad (see list of Senators)
- Contact another few Senators, in particular those independents who abstained in July
- Contact your local Fine Gael TDs
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, thank you for your continuing work and support!
Chair, Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance