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Political Lobbying: Parliamentary Questions

 


As part of Sadaka's political engagement, we request TDs and Senators to submit Parliamentary Questions (PQs) on our behalf. They 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. Sadaka's requests for PQs supplements the work of TDs who regularly submit PQs for oral and written answer. This page presents a composite set of PQs presented in the Dáil over the past few months.

 


Question 131: Middle East: 23 June 2022
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the engagement he has had at bilateral level with his counterparts in Israel with regard to halting the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank; his plans to increase Irish aid funding to Palestinian human rights NGOs, particularly in view of the increasing legal constraints faced by such organisations following the designation by Israel in October 2021 of six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33071/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 384: Middle East: 21 June 2022
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question 402 of 15 February 2022, if his officials have now reviewed the detail of the report published on 1 February 2022 (details supplied); his response to the report; the Government’s response to the report; his specific response to each of the eight recommendations directed at other governments and regional actors; his views on the conclusions of the report that Israeli officials commit the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, including ethnic cleansing; if he plans to bring any of the recommendations of the report of Government for approval in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32152/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 581: International Relations: 14 June 2022
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 246 of 19 May 2022, the efforts that he has made at European Union and United Nations level to promote and advance such a consensus rather than simply raising the issue of Israel’s compliance with international law (details supplied); his views on whether Ireland is in a strong position at European Union and United Nations level to show leadership in this respect; his views on whether the Irish people would support such an initiative; if he will table such a proposal in view of the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29111/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 307: Middle East: 31 May 2022
Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the behaviour of the Israeli riot police who stormed a group of mourners as they attempted to carry the coffin of a Palestinian-American journalist (details supplied) from a hospital in east Jerusalem to a church in the Old City and the fact that police fired stun grenades and used batons to beat peaceful mourners and those carrying the coffin which at one point almost fell to the ground; the action other than condemnation that he will propose at European Union level to sanction Israel for this extreme conduct; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27502/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 325: Middle East: 31 May 2022
325. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to reports on the activities of the Israeli military in the past weeks against the Palestinian people (details supplied); and the additional action that he proposes to take at national and European Union-level to advance a solution and alleviate the suffering of these Palestinian communities. [27634/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 246: Human Rights: 24 May 2022
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the death of a journalist (details supplied); the measures that he will take at the levels of the European Union and United Nations to highlight the ongoing abuse of human rights in Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25745/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 246: International Relations: 19 May 2022
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the difference between breaches of international law by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine and those by Israel as part of its illegal occupation of Palestine; the response to Israel's occupation and oppression of Palestinians he would regard as appropriate; if he regards restrictive economic measures as an appropriate response in instances of illegal occupation and annexation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25422/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 374: International Bodies: 17 May 2022
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the genuine human solidarity and empathy shown by Ireland and the EU to victims of the war in Ukraine in contrast with the continued provision of immunity for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians; his views that international law should apply equally to the invasion of a sovereign country as well as to the colonisation and persecution of another; his further view that the taking of territory is wrong in both instances; his views that the role of the ICC in investigating war crimes be equally endorsed in the case of Israeli repression of Palestinians as in the case of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24614/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 375: International Bodies: 17 May 2022
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he is in favour, given the significant extra resources and political support made available to the International Criminal Court, ICC, for its Ukraine investigation, including from countries not previously supportive of the court’s mandate and activities, of extra resources and support also being made available to the ICC for its Israel-Palestine investigation, which is currently operating with limited resources and in an environment of strong political opposition; the steps he will take to ensure the latter investigation will be allocated equal resources and given every opportunity to complete its investigation successfully; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24615/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 76 (Oral questions): Human Rights: 24 March 2022
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the Government’s response to a report by an organisation (details supplied) into the crime of apartheid by Israel; the actions that he is prepared to take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15351/22] Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence: 10 March 2022
Deputy Patrick Costello asked for reassurance from the Minister for Foreign Affairs that funding for two of the six organisations that have been labelled as terror entities by Israel is not under any threat. Minister Coveney's's reply (Oireachtas website)

Extract from Minister Coveney's reply:   'On Palestine, let me be clear that we support and fund both Al-Haq and Addameer. They are two NGOs that have been listed by the Israeli Government as being active terrorist groups or as supporting terrorism. We think that is both inaccurate and a mistake. That is our position. I am certainly open to persuasion if there is evidence to suggest otherwise but I have not seen any, and I have asked for it. As far as I am concerned, we have good checks and balances for who we spend money with and what they do with it. I have no reason to believe either Al-Haq or Addameer are spending Irish money inappropriately and certainly none to believe either is promoting violence or terrorism. If I see such evidence, I will act on it without delay, but I have not seen it. We owe it to these organisations to maintain our relationship in the absence of such evidence, which I am told exists but which I have not seen. We also continue to talk to the European Commission about those issues. Ireland is not the only country in Europe that holds the position of being very concerned at what is effectively a shutting down by the Israeli Government of civil society organisations and NGOs linked to advocacy for Palestinians.'

 


Question 97: Trade with Israel: 22 March 2022
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the total value of dual-use exports to Israel and Palestine for the period of 2017 to date. [13883/22] Minister Troy's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 129: Human Rights: 1 March 2022
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the details of the progress made to date with regard to the decision of the IDA to appoint a business development consultant in Israel; if his Department has monitored the IDA's implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as well as the human rights due diligence guidance published by the Minister for Foreign Affairs; if his attention has been drawn to the recent Amnesty report that concludes that Israeli officials have committed the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people; if there have been discussions with Israeli officials concerning the appointment of a business development consultant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10931/22] Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 130: Trade Data: 1 March 2022
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the details of the overall value of goods imported into Ireland from Israel for the past five years; the value of imports from the Palestinian Territory in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10932/22] Minister Troy's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 401: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 15 February 2022
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on whether that as long as Israel continues to illegally seize Palestinian land to build settlements, evict Palestinian families from their homes and intentionally, institutionally and systematically discriminate against Palestinians as has been detailed in numerous recent independent reports, there will be justified criticism of Israel and that such condemnation only seeks to defend and advance the cause of justice for Palestinians; his further views on whether this criticism cannot be described or defined as anti-Semitic in nature; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7748/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 402: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 15 February 2022
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to a recent international report by an organisation (details supplied); his views on the conclusions in the report that Israeli officials commit the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, including ethnic cleansing; if he plans to bring any of the recommendations of this report to Government for approval in the near future; if there are recommendations in the report that he clearly rejects; if he plans to raise the contents of the report at European Union level with a view to tackling Israel's system of oppression and domination in Palestine; his further views on whether the International Criminal Court should consider the crime of apartheid in its current investigation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7749/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 308: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 10 February 2022
Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to a funding suspension which an organisation (details supplied) has been subjected to by the European Commission since May 2021 in order to investigate if a project had been subject to infringements of obligations or irregularities; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that although this review which was described as a precautionary measure was completed in July 2021, that no breaches or wrongdoings were identified but the suspension has not been lifted; his views on whether the failure by the European Commission to clear the name of this organisation is causing major difficulties for it at the moment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7354/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 309: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 10 February 2022
Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will make strong representations to the European Commission seeking clarification on the reasons that a deferment of funding has continued since July 2021 with regard to the continued suspension of funding by the European Commission for a human rights organisation (details supplied) although no anomalies were discovered; the specific legal grounds for the continued suspension of funding; if his attention has been drawn to the impact of the current situation on the organisation’s human rights work; if he will express the Government’s discontent in relation to the deferment; if he will request the European Commission to expedite the restoration of the funding given Ireland’s continued support for the organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7355/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 310: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 10 February 2022
Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the European Commission has continually conceded that Israel has failed to present any concrete credible evidence against an organisation (details supplied) as one of the six designated NGOs for which there is a continued suspension of funding by the European Commission for the human rights organisation; his views on whether this appears to be an effort by Israel to obstruct the work of the NGOs that monitor, report and promote accountability for violations of human rights and international law by Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7356/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 311: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 10 February 2022
Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if the European Commission has suspended funding to some of the six Palestinian human rights NGO organisations labelled by Israel as terrorist entities in October 2021; if so, the organisations that have been penalised in this way; if his attention has been drawn to the purpose or rationale of this initiative; his views on the destabilising effect and the potential devastation that the European Commission’s actions will have in undermining the work of Palestinian civil society; if he will raise the issue at European Union level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7357/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 83: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 27 January 2022
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he plans to join the foreign ministries of France, Germany, Italy and Spain in calling on Israel to end the construction of new housing units in east Jerusalem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3883/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 1 (Oral): Foreign Policy - Middle East: 27 January 2022
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the measures that Ireland is prepared to take to reverse the decision by the European Union to halt funding to Palestinian NGOs that are currently being targeted by the Israeli Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3888/22] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 282: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 7 December 2021
282. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will take tangible action at European Union level to bring forward the adoption of import and export prohibitions towards illegal settlements such as those in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Defence in view of the announcement on 27 October 2021 by Israel that it has given final approval for the building of 1,800 housing units and initial approval for another 1,344 and the earlier announcement that construction tenders for 1,355 housing units in the occupied West Bank are at an advanced stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60547/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 283: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 7 December 2021
283. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the comments made by the United Nations Special Rapporteur (details supplied) on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 that the illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territory continue to attract international corporate engagement; his further views on whether the involvement of these corporations with the settlements assists them economically to grow and thrive as well as providing a form of political legitimisation against the wishes of the international community; his further views on whether Israel will continue to ignore international law with impunity unless definite action is taken, including the provision of political and financial support to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to fulfil its mandate to annually update and publish the United Nations database of business enterprises involved in certain activities relating to settlements in the Occupied Territories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60548/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 284: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 7 December 2021
284. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 54 of 18 November 2021, his views on whether years of dispossession, confiscation, segregation and disintegration of the Palestinian people coupled with a strategy of surrounding Palestinian communities with thousands of Zionist settlers has ensured that a two-State solution is farther away now than ever (details supplied); his further views on whether the present extent of the occupation reaffirms Zionist claims to all of Palestine and effectively ensures that a two-State solution will only come about if the international community gives immediate recognition to a Palestinian State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60549/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 74: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 7 December 2021
74. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to a decision by the Belgian Government to intensify its scrutiny of all goods originating in Israel in order to ensure that all products from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are excluded from preferential trade tariffs under the EU-Israel Association Agreement; if he will consult with his Belgian colleague and other like-minded European Union states in the context of the recently registered European Citizen’s Initiative to develop an European Union legal proposal to ban trade with these settlements; if he considers such leadership from Ireland appropriate in view of the strong support of the Houses of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59650/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 673: Live Exports: 7 December 2021
673. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to media reports that the process of approving the export of cattle from the State to Israel has commenced; his views on whether such a step would be fully in keeping with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; if his attention has been drawn to the International Criminal Court’s announcement that it is to begin a formal investigation into possible war crimes committed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; if he will consult with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence with regard to the appropriateness of such investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60414/21] Minister McConalogue's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 320: Foreign Policy - Middle East: 23 November 2021
Deputy Francis Noel Duffy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will report on his engagement with both Presidents Herzog and Abbas on Israel’s designation of six Palestinian non-governmental organisations as terrorist organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57344/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 15: Middle East: 18 November 2021
Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will notify the Israeli government of Ireland’s objection and opposition to the forcible transfer and major dispossession of Palestinian property in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem (details supplied). [56446/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 16: Middle East: 18 November 2021
Deputy Pauline Tully asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will call in the Israeli Ambassador to raise with them the detention of six Palestinian men who are currently on hunger strike under administrative detention which allows these men to be held indefinitely without charge, without trial and without evidence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56503/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 23: Middle East: 18 November 2021
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if the European Union is proposing action against Israel on the issue of Palestinian hunger strikers and demanding an end to their administrative detention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56568/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 24: Middle East: 18 November 2021
Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has had engagement with his counterparts in the European Union on the situation of Palestinian hunger strikers that are demanding an end to their administrative detention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56567/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 44: Middle East: 18 November 2021
Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on Israel’s plans for the construction of around 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank. [56510/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 54: Middle East: 18 November 2021
Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs when the Government will recognise the state of Palestine as previously committed to. [56440/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 79: Defence Forces: 18 November 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Defence the extent and detail of military co-operation with Israel, including the purchase of military equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56498/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oral answers) (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 124: Middle East: 10 November 2021
Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will report on his recent visit to Palestine and Israel; if he will provide details of the issues he addressed during his visit including the organisations and persons he met there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54932/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 375: Middle East: 9 November 2021
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if in view of the declaration by Israel that six Palestinian civil society organisations in the Occupied Palestinian territory are terrorist organisations, his views on whether the root cause of this problem is an illegal occupation which has little regard for the human rights of Palestinians and that it is now time to take more concrete action to have this attack on human rights defenders stopped immediately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54218/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 433: Middle East: 2 November 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 218 of 12 October 2021, the details of all efforts being made by the Government to ensure compliance with EU and international law as well as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 including details of established structures and procedures within his Department and at interdepartmental level concerning the distinction between the state of Israel and the territories occupied by Israel since 1967; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52843/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 434: Middle East: 2 November 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 218 of 12 October 2021 which indicates that Ireland ensures that any bilateral agreements with Israel do not apply to territories occupied by Israel since 1967, the details of the procedures, systems and mechanisms in place to ensure that this obligation is being fully implemented without fail; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52842/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 459: Middle East: 2 November 2021
D'fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den Aire Gnóthaí Eachtracha an bhfuil sé i gceist aige cinneadh Iosrael chun sé chinn d’eagraíochtaí Cearta Daonna a ainmniú mar sceimhlitheoirí a cháineadh; an bhfuil sé i gceist aige freisin labhairt le hAmbasadóir Iosrael agus a rá leis go gcreideann sé gur beartas meáite é seo chun an obair mhonatóireachta agus soláthar fianaise atá ar siúl ag na heagraíochtaí seo a stopadh; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [53400/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 218: Middle East: 12 October 2021
Deputy Ivana Bacik asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 73 of 30 September 2021, his views on the need for concrete measures to dissuade the Israeli government from breaking international law given the concerns he outlined in the response; and his plans to introduce such measures. [49492/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 1: Trade Relations with Israel: 30 September 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if, given the registering of a European citizens' initiative by the European Commission calling for an end to trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories in Palestine and Western Sahara, the Government is prepared to examine the issue of trade with illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. [47099/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 2: Trade Relations with Israel: 30 September 2021
Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the expansion by IDA Ireland into Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47159/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 15: Middle East: 30 September 2021
Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the lobbying efforts Ireland has undergone as a member of the United Nations Security Council to work towards peace between Palestine and Israel; if this issue was progressed as part of Ireland’s role as President of the United Nations Security Council in September 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47060/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 44: EU Agreements: 30 September 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the engagement he has had at EU level with regard to the expiration of the current EU Israel Action Plan in January 2022; if he has called for any extension of the Action Plan to be contingent on a review of the commitments upon which the EU-Israel Action Plan is based, namely human rights, rule of law and fundamental freedoms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47171/21]Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 68: Middle East: 30 September 2021
Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has had any engagement with the Israeli authorities regarding the treatment of Palestinian prisoners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47162/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 72: Middle East: 30 September 2021
Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the proposed timeframe to honour the Government commitment to recognise the state of Palestine. [46477/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 73: Middle East: 30 September 2021
Deputy Ivana Bacik asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on a current campaign (details supplied) which seeks to raise awareness about the intimidation, harassment and obstruction faced routinely by Palestinian children as they try to get safely to their classrooms in the West Bank, Gaza and the occupied territories and about the seriously detrimental impact for their education, safety and welfare. [47067/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 250: Palestinian Children: 23 September 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on whether the attacks on education by Israeli forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are a deliberate attempt to make the teaching and learning environment unsafe for Palestinian children; his further views on whether the educational process has been severely hampered and disrupted as a result of these attacks and that the dignity and security of Palestinian students and teaching staff have been repeatedly and deliberately violated through the systematic targeting and legal discrimination of the occupying power; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45845/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 246: Annexation: 15 July 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the measures he plans to take at EU level to assist in bringing an end to Israel’s illegal settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; the actions Ireland will take as a member of the UN Security Council to facilitate the fulfilment of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people in view of his support for the agreed position of Dáil Éireann that Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem amounts to unlawful de facto annexation and taking into account in this context the commitment in the programme for Government to give leadership within the EU and to work to ensure that all parties respect their obligations under international law; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38919/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 247: Recognition of the state of Palestine: 15 July 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the additional prerequisites that will be required before Ireland can give recognition to the state of Palestine given the pledge in the Programme for Government to honour Ireland’s commitment to recognise the state of Palestine believing that in doing so Ireland will progress efforts to reach a two-state solution and in view of the unanimous view of Dáil Éireann that Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem amounts to unlawful de facto annexation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38920/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 248: Israeli settlements, de facto annexation : 15 July 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps Ireland will now take to advance the Middle East peace process, to build consensus at EU level and to take a more proactive approach in supporting a negotiated two-state solution and lasting peace taking into account the recent unanimous motion of Dáil Éireann in accepting that Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem amounts to unlawful de facto annexation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38921/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 149: Differentiation: 1 June 2021
Deputy Johnny Guirke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the annual level in financial terms of import and export trade between Ireland and Israeli businesses in the occupied territories of Palestine in each of the years 2011 to 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29727/21] Minister Troy's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 97: IDA Israel: 27 May 2021
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the request for tender for the consultancy has been issued with regard to the decision by the IDA to appoint a business development consultant in Israel; if the IDA implements an ongoing process of human rights due diligence as outlined in the guidance for businesses enterprises recently published by the Minister for Foreign Affairs with regard to the decision by the IDA to appoint a business development consultant in Israel; if companies being targeted with potential for investing in Ireland will be analysed using the tools provided in this guidance in particular in the area of human rights; his views on whether the IDA has a duty to ensure that possible business partners being sourced are not in violation of international law on human rights or have connections or partnerships with third-party entities that are or maybe in any way in violation of international law or benefiting from resources in illegally occupied territories by means of extraction, processing, commercialisation, distribution and or investment to carry out their activities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28967/21] Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 178: UN Database: 27 May 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will support the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in efforts to ensure that the UN database of all business enterprises involved in activities relating to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory is regularly maintained and updated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28966/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 177: Differentiation: 27 May 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he plans to consult with EU partners concerning the implementation of the differentiation principle between Israel within its internationally recognised pre-1967 borders and the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; if he is satisfied that Ireland and the EU are completely fulfilling their legal obligations based on non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty over these territories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28965/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 179: Differentiation: 27 May 2021
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the precise mechanisms that are in place in his Department to ensure that all bilateral agreements with Israel apply only to Israel proper and do not benefit those territories illegally occupied by Israel in 1967; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28968/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 142: Education funding for Palestinian children: 26 May 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount of the recently announced €1.5 million funding which will be made available to ensure access to education in occupied Palestine in view of the challenges of access to education for Palestinian children, as demonstrated by UNICEF 2018 State of Palestine- Country report on out-of-school children report. Minister Brophy's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 414: Annexation: 18 May 2021
Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the recent military strikes by Israel on Palestine; if he will condemn ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinian persons and the annexation of territory by Israel in Palestine; if he will encourage the EU and the UN Security Council to take a strong stance on these developments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26823/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 421: Israeli attacks against civilians in Palestine and Gaza: 18 May 2021
Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will report on the worsening conflict against civilians in Palestine and Gaza; if it is within the remit of Ireland on the UN Security Council to do more than merely speak out against the unilateral actions and violence perpetrated by the Israeli state and military forces; if he will express clearly the parameters of Ireland’s responsibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25875/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 423: Israeli expulsions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, killings in Gaza: 18 May 2021
Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if, in the context of ongoing steps by the Israeli state to expel Palestinians from East Jerusalem and replace them with Zionist settlers and the killing of 22 Palestinians in an Israeli attack on Gaza, he will expel the Israeli Ambassador from Ireland to express Ireland’s opposition to these killings and to the threatened expulsion of 13 families comprised of 58 persons including 17 children from Sheik Jarrah in East Jerusalem; if he will immediately prepare a Bill to go before Dáil Éireann to impose trade sanctions against Israel in response to these killings and threatened expulsions; if he will prepare a proposal from Ireland to the European Council calling for the imposition of trade sanctions by the EU against Israel on the grounds of these killings and the breaches of the human rights of Palestinians; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25926/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 424: Israeli violence at the Al Aqsa mosque: 18 May 2021
Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will elaborate on his recent statement in relation to the violence at the Al Aqsa mosque that the right to peaceful freedom of assembly is non-negotiable; if he will elaborate on the obligations on Israel to guarantee freedom of assembly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26037/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 72: Evictions in East Jerusalem: 11 May 2021
Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the actions he has taken to protect families in forced evictions in east Jerusalem. [24170/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 390: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: 11 May 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 506 of 28 April 2021, if he will address a series of matters (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24334/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 61: Recognition of State of Palestine: 11 May 2021
Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the progress his Department has made towards honouring the Government commitment to recognise the state of Palestine. [23883/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 110: Recognition of State of Palestine: 11 May 2021
Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his engagements with the Israeli authorities regarding the commitment to recognise the state of Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24262/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 94: Israeli Apartheid: 11 May 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his plans to raise the findings of a report (details supplied) which stated that the ongoing treatment of Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories amounts to apartheid at the next meeting of the UN Security Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24212/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 117: IDA Ireland: 11 May 2021
Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the way Irish corporations can continue to justify their engagement with the state and economy of Israel given that Ireland has acknowledged the fact that Israel’s occupation of Palestine territories is illegitimate (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23886/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 393: Middle East: 11 May 2021
Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on a recently published report by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24395/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 395: Middle East: 11 May 2021
Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on a recently published report by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24397/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 397: Middle East: 11 May 2021
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on a recently published report by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24399/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 


Question 657: Pandemic: Israel removed from mandatory hotel quarantine: 5 May 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the reason Israel has been removed from the list of countries required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine on arrival in Ireland; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the 3.5 million plus Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem who come under the direct control of the Israeli Government have not been given access by Israel to the Covid-19 vaccine; his views on whether that by differentiating between Israelis and Palestinians this leads to further victimisation of Palestinians; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23238/21] Minister Donnelly's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 4: IDA Ireland: 29 April 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment further to Parliamentary Question No. 166 of 21 April 2021, concerning the announcement by the IDA that it plans to appoint a consultant in Israel, the systems and processes in place to ensure that enterprises which break international law and operate in the illegal Israeli settlements are excluded from consideration by the IDA; the way in which the Irish public can be reassured that a State agency funded by taxpayers and for which he has responsibility is fully compliant with Ireland’s international legal and moral obligations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22485/21] Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 506: UN Database of Companies Operating in Israel’s Illegal Settlements: 28 April 2021
Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the position of Ireland on the UN Database of Companies Operating in Israel’s Illegal Settlements published in 2020; if this database is taken into consideration during public procurement tendering processes; if Ireland supports calls for the database to be updated on an annual basis as new information becomes available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21463/21]   Minister Coveney's reply "The OHCHR database is not specified in EU procurement criteria for the award procedure of public contracts." (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 514: Apartheid: 28 April 2021
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has read a recent report (details supplied); his views on the report; his further views on whether it is now time to begin speaking in relation to Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people in terms of apartheid rather than merely occupation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21840/21]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 63: Palestinian Recognition: 22 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the contact he has had with Israeli authorities with regard to the Government commitment to recognise the state of Palestine in order to urgently protect the integrity of Palestinian territory; the specific circumstances that will be required to progress these efforts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20939/21]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 64: Human Rights: 22 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the description of the human rights situation in the Palestinian Occupied Territory as dire by the UN Special Rapporteur and that Israeli practices amount to violations of international humanitarian and human rights law; the details of results obtained from his public statements, expressions of concern, efforts to build consensus at EU level and various calls for action as indicated in answers to recent questions in Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20940/21]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 157: IDA Ireland: 21 April 2021
Deputy Mairéad Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the steps he will take to ensure a series of criteria (details supplied) are met with regard to the recent announcement by the IDA Ireland to appoint a business development consultant to establish a presence in Israel and present Ireland as an investment location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18463/21]  Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 185: IDA Ireland: 21 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the details of the essential requirements and qualifications which were specified in the request for tenders with regard to the recent announcement by the IDA to appoint a business development consultant to establish a presence in Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19445/21]   Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 190: Data Protection: 21 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the measures that will be taken in respect of the decision by the IDA to appoint a business development consultant in Israel to ensure proper procedures with regard to the processing and transferring of personal data in view of the fact that the proposed consultant will be based in Israel; the way in which a data breach will be managed in these circumstances; if a risk assessment has been carried out in view of the duty of care of the IDA under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19672/21]   Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 195: IDA Ireland: 21 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the IDA has, in respect of the decision by it to appoint a business development consultant in Israel, investigated the possibilities of a permanent establishment being created by virtue of the fact that a fixed place of business is being established in Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20044/21]   Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 832: Annexation: 21 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the specific action he or his Department has taken within the EU or at international level in the context of the commitment in the Programme for Government to forge alliances with other EU member states and to oppose any annexation of territory by force to create such alliances to oppose the maintenance and expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories; the results of these actions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 833: Annexation: 21 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on whether Israel’s continuous creation of illegal settlements in the Palestinian Territories and subsequent imposition of Israeli rule amounts to annexation of territory taken by force; the actions he plans to take to oppose such actions in view of the clear commitment in the Programme for Government to do so and in view of the urgency of the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 834: Israeli Settlements: 21 April 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the appropriate response at national level to the continued expansion and maintenance of independent illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20937/21]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 880: Annexation: 21 April 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the actions he has taken to oppose any annexation or plans to apply Israeli sovereignty over territory which is part of Occupied Palestine in view of the commitments in the Programme for Government that Ireland’s interests are best served by active and engaged membership of the European Union and to give leadership within the EU. [20435/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 881: Israeli Settlements: 21 April 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has raised the matter of illegal settlements in occupied Palestine officially with his EU partners in view of the present situation of continual efforts by Israel to create illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine which the Israeli Prime Minister has clearly indicated his intention that they will be permanent. [20436/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 882: Israeli Settlements: 21 April 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the immediate steps he plans to take at the UN Security Council to oppose the illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 889: Palestinian Elections: 21 April 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps he will take to help ensure a meaningful election observation to ensure free and fair elections take place in the upcoming Palestinian legislative council election in view of the statement by EU Representative Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff (details supplied). [20544/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 890: Demolition of EU-funded aid structures: 21 April 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps that he has taken to prevent the targeting of EU-funded aid structures by Israel and subsequently condemn those given UN reports (details supplied) that in the first two months of 2021 the targeting of EU-funded aid structures by Israel tripled compared with the monthly average in 2020; the penalties Ireland and the EU will implement in response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20545/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 869: Jerusalem evictions and home demolitions: 21 April 2021
Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the diplomatic steps he is taking through the EU or through Ireland’s seat on the UN Security Council to halt the forcible evictions and home demolitions targeting hundreds of Palestinian families in occupied east Jerusalem particularly in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood; if he has or plans to call in the Israeli Ambassador regarding this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19962/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 894: Sheikh Jarrah Evictions Jerusalem : 21 April 2021
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the imminent eviction of eight Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Israeli-occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem and due to be replaced with illegal Israeli settlers; the actions that Ireland will be taking to ensure Israel does not carry out this war crime given that these evictions are in contravention of international law and would constitute a war crime of forcible transfer of parts of the population of an occupied territory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20742/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 897: Jerusalem Evictions: 21 April 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to reports of the imminent eviction of up to 16 Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20817/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)>

 

Question 898: Israeli settler violence: 21 April 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has studied the recent report by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs which documents the striking increase in violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank; his views on whether this is part of a pattern primarily designed to take over land and to intimidate and terrorise Palestinians; his further views on whether it is creating an atmosphere of impunity and as the military are usually present it amounts to a discriminatory two-tier approach to military protection and policing in the West Bank other than condemning these activities; the actions he plans to take in defence of international law at EU and international level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 147: IDA Ireland: 21 April 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his attention has been drawn to the announcement by the IDA that it plans to appoint a consultant in Israel to present Ireland as an investment location; if his views were sought in advance of this announcement; the systems that will be in place to ensure that businesses connected to illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory including but not limited to those listed in the UN database will not be engaged by the IDA or benefit in any way from the proposed new arrangement; if he is in agreement with this decision of the IDA in view of UN CERD January 2020 recommendations which demand Israel ceases its policies of racial discrimination and apartheid and the 2017 Report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18277/21] Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 838: ICC Investigations: 21 April 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if Ireland will support a full investigation by the ICC prosecutor of individuals suspected of war crimes committed in the occupied territories in the context of the decision of the ICC that it has jurisdiction in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967 namely Gaza and the West Bank including East Jerusalem; if he will support the role of the ICC in the EU and on the UN Security Council in this regard; if he will oppose attempts to defer an investigation or prosecution under Article 16 of the Rome Statute in view of the continual and increasing illegal transfer of Israeli civilians into the West Bank with the approval of the Israeli Government contrary to international law; if he condemns any attempts to impose sanctions on ICC staff or other personnel involved in or assisting the investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18278/21] Minister Coveney's reply

 

Question 5: IDA Ireland: 1 April 2021
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the guidelines his Department has given to the IDA to ensure its new office in Israel, in the conduct of its business, adheres to EU law and the exclusion of illegal settlements which are not recognised as part of the territory of Israel by EU law and therefore not part of the free trade agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17817/21] Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 506: IDA Ireland: 31 March 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will report on the proposed plan by the Industrial Development Authority, IDA, to situate a business development consultant in Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16340/21]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 507: IDA Ireland: 31 March 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the way in which the proposed plan by the Industrial Development Authority, IDA, to situate a business development consultant in Israel to attract companies to Ireland does not contradict efforts by the international community to prevent Israel’s continuing illegal annexation of the West Bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16341/21]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 169: IDA Ireland: 31 March 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the due diligence mechanisms that will be put in place to ensure that an Israeli-headquartered entity seeking investment opportunities in Ireland does not operate in or profit from Israel’s illegal settlements in occupied Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16342/21]   Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 170: IDA Ireland: 31 March 2021
Deputy John Brady asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the IDA will use the UN database of companies operating in Israeli settlements in order to screen for companies that may be guilty of human rights abuses in the context of the planned IDA campaign to situate a business development consultant in Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16343/21]   Minister Varadkar's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 763: Detention of children by the Israeli Defence Forces: 24 March 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the arrest and detention of five young children by the Israeli Defence Forces on 10 March 2021 in the Masafer Yatta region near Hebron; his views on the way in which the arrest and detention of children in military courts and prisons accord with the International Rights of the Child; his views on reports that such breaches by the Israeli Defence Forces are a regular occurrence; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that children of similar age in illegal settlements are dealt with under civil law; if he condemns such practices; if he will raise this issue with the appropriate authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14747/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 144: Provision of Covid-19 vaccine to Palestinians: 18 February 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on whether the 1993 Oslo Accords did not result in devolved authority to the Palestinians for public health in view of the emphasis he placed on respect for international law and agreed international parameters in his recent statement to the UN Security Council on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question; his further views on whether Israel is the occupying power which exercises full control over the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories; his further views on whether Israel therefore has a responsibility under international law, in particular, the fourth Geneva Convention, and a moral obligation to provide the Covid-19 vaccine to Palestinians; his further views on whether Ireland has a responsibility to put pressure on Israel to abide by these obligations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9358/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 370: Bilateral Agreements: 10 February 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 285 of 10 December 2020, the agreements with respect to visas that exist between the two countries; the matters covered by these agreements; the contents of the agreements; when they came into effect; the way in which the inapplicability to illegal settlements and territories occupied by Israel in 1967 is ensured in practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7050/21] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 370: Bilateral Agreements: 10 February 2021
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 285 of 10 December 2020, if all bilateral agreements between Ireland and Israel apply only to those areas within Israel’s pre-1967 borders; if these bilateral agreements specifically differentiated the settlements at inception or have been amended or modified following EU decisions; the procedures and inspections in place to ensure that individuals residing in Israeli settlements cannot profit in any way from the provisions of such bilateral agreements; the structures or practices in place to ensure that companies established in these illegal settlements, all economic activities being carried out there and individuals living elsewhere but earning income from these settlements cannot profit from the provisions of these agreements in particular the 1995 double taxation treaty between Ireland and Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44808/20] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 285: Bilateral Agreements: 10 December 2020
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his Department has existing bilateral agreements or memorandums of understanding with the State of Israel; if such agreements are in preparation; if his Department has been consulted or made aware of such agreements by other Departments; if the illegal settlements, which are illegal under international law, in the Israeli Occupied Territories have been or will be excluded from such agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42569/20] .   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 34: Home Demolitions : 26 November 2020
Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will use Ireland’s upcoming membership of the UN Security Council to highlight the increase in recent months in demolitions of Palestinian structures in the West Bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38479/20]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 3: Destruction Irish-funded infrastructure: 26 November 2020
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if the Government will be seeking compensation from the state of Israel for the destruction of infrastructure paid for by the Irish taxpayer by Israeli forces. [38305/20]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 424: Settler Violence: 24 November 2020
Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on and the response to the ongoing vandalism by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinian-owned olive groves during the olive harvest; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38588/20]   Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 156: Demolitions and seizures of Palestinian structures: 15 October 2020
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the increase in demolitions and seizures of Palestinian structures in the West Bank (details supplied); the response of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30754/20] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 157: School Demolitions: 15 October 2020
Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to a school in Ras al-Tin near Ramallah (details supplied) that is at risk of imminent demolition; the steps his Department has taken to prevent the demolition of the school and other schools and structures in the West Bank; and the steps his Department has taken to secure compensation for demolished or seized aid. [30755/20] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 144: Middle East Peace Process: 9 September 2020
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps taken since the formation of the Government to advance a Middle East peace process and build a consensus at EU level to take a more proactive approach in supporting a negotiated two-state solution and lasting process there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22951/20] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 145: Recognising State of Palestine: 9 September 2020
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his plans and those of the Government to recognise the state of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement of the Middle East conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22952/20] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

Question 146: Annexation: 9 September 2020
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps being taken by Ireland within the EU to oppose plans by Israel to annex territory in the West Bank and apply Israeli sovereignty to it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22953/20] Minister Coveney's reply (Oireachtas website)

 

 

 

 

 

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