Dublin City Council agrees to fly Palestinian flag in act of solidarity with Gaza

The Palestinian flag will be flown by Dublin City Council this week. Photo: James Connolly.

Maeve McTaggart

Dublin City Council have tonight agreed unanimously to fly the Palestinian flag in an act of solidarity with the people of Gaza.

It was agreed following a motion submitted by the Independent Group, Sinn Féin, Social Democrats, People Before Profit and a number of individual councillors.

The Palestinian flag will be flown for seven days from tomorrow morning.

Councillor Cieran Perry said he was “delighted” with the support for the motion.

"Over 15,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the indiscriminate attacks begin. More than 6,000 of the victims have been children.

"This slaughter must stop, we reiterate our call for an immediate ceasefire and for the release of humanitarian aid into Gaza.”

Mr Perry said: “It’s obvious Israel couldn’t care less about the widespread disgust at their indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in Gaza so we have to continue to keep the pressure on the leaders in the countries supporting [Israel]”.

Following the passing of the motion tonight, local councillor Noeleen Reilly said that “continuing to drop bombs on innocent men, women and children is unforgivable” and anyone who does not call for an immediate ceasefire in the region “will find themselves on the wrong side of history”.

Former Lord Mayor councillor Christy Burke said it is “time for those in power to step up to the plate” as the “voice of ordinary people has been seen and heard worldwide”.

“The Independent Group call on the American Government to intervene and use their influence with Israel to stop the indiscriminate slaughter of people in Gaza.”