Monday 11 July 2011
Interview with Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times
Meeting with Proinsais De Rossa, MEP and Nessa Childers MEP
Dr. Nabil Shaath with Proinsais De Rossa, MEP and Nessa Childers MEP
Both MEPs are members of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Proinsais also chairs the Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council within the European Parliament.
Meeting with Members of the Labour Party. Dr. Shaath addressed a meeting of members of the Labour Party in Leinster House (the seat of the Irish Parliament). Those present included TDs and other members of the Party. The meeting was organised by Joe Costello, TD for Dublin Central.
Meeting with Micheál Martin, Leader of Fianna Fáil, and Seán O'FearghaÍl, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs. Fianna Fáil has submitted a Private Members motion to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) calling for Irish recognition of a Palestinian state and agreed to issue an immediate statement on the matter.
Former Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Nabil Shaath and former Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin along with the Ambassador of Palestine to Ireland, Dr. Hikmat Adjuri and Seán O'FearghaÍl, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs (on the right)
Meeting with The Technical Group
The Technical Group comprises members of the United Left Alliance and other Independent TDs. The Group has 16 members. It has no common platform or ideology and its membership ranges from right-of-centre to politicians who would be known as ‘far left’. The meeting was convened by Catherine Murphy TD for Kildare North.
Dr. Shaath, Mr. Fadi Abu Sidu, members of the Board of Sadaka and members of the Dáil Technical Group on the plinth of Leinster House.
Dublin City University (DCU) Seminar: 'Palestine: the 193rd State?: The Case for UN Recognition’.
Seminar hosted by the DCU Schools of Communication and Law and Government. Dr. Shaath was welcomed at Dublin City University (DCU) by Professor Ronnie Munck, Head of Civic and Global Engagement and Professor John Doyle, Head of Law and Government (DCU report of the seminar).
Round Table Discussion with Trade Union and NGO Leaders.
The purpose of the meeting was to brief organisations and individuals who are opinion makers and shapers in Irish society. The aim of the briefing was to: ensure invitees are up-to-date on the ‘recognition’ issue and the Irish Government stance on same; to encourage the trade union movement and NGOs to lobby the Irish Government in their own right and to encourage organisations present to assume an active role in further Sadaka initiatives on this issue.
The discussions included representatives from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Trocaire, Amnesty International, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Irish Medical Aid for Palestine, Friends of Sabeel Ireland, EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Progamme in Palestine and Israel), Palestine Education, Trips to West Bank and Irish Ship to Gaza.
Interview on Morning Ireland, RTE 1.
Meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD and senior officials in the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Palestine to Ireland, Dr. Hikmat Adjurim, the Secretary General of the Department, the Director of the Middle East Desk and other officials.
Press Briefing. A report from this briefing and subsequent Dáil discussion on the issue was provided in the following day’s Irish Times.
Meeting with Pat Breen, Chair of Joint Oireachtas (Parliamentary) Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade (JOCFAT).
Other JOFCAT committee members included the Sinn Fein spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pádraic Mac Lochlainn, Senator Jim Walsh (Fianna Fáil) and Labour Party TD, Eric Byrne.
Meeting with Gerry Adams TD, President of Sinn Fein, Pádraic Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Fein Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Aengus O’Snodaigh, Party Whip and Spokesperson on Social Protection and Kaniah Cusack, Sinn Fein party official.
Open meeting with TDs and members of Seanad Eireann. This meeting which was open to all members of the Oireachtas was attended by over 30 TDs and Senators from across the range of political parties. During the meeting, a commitment was given to re-establish the Oireachtas Friends of Palestine.
Meeting with members of the Palestinian community. This meeting provided an opportunity for the Palestinian leadership to update members of the community (including the refugee community) on current developments on the political situation in Palestine.
Dr. Shaath was accompanied by Dr. Fadi Abusidu, Fatah’s Foreign Relations Commission Representative in the UK, Marie Crawley, Chair of Sadaka, Dr. David Morrison, Political Analyst and other Board members of Sadaka.