Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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#PalestinePledges for #GE16: Let’s make Palestine an election issue

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking our members and supporters to make Justice for Palestine an issue in the 2016 Irish General Election.

To make it easier for people, we have produced a short handout with three important questions to ask canvassers on the doorsteps, and have initiated a campaign asking the candidates to take the #PalestinePledges in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

The handout contains questions and important information related to a) the Irish arms trade with Israel,  b) the EuroMed Agreement between the EU and Israel, and c) the call for a total ban on products from illegal Israeli settlements. We also urge you to ask candidates to take the #PalestinePledges to help secure justice for the Palestinian people (more details below).

Download the question sheet

pdflogYou can download a Printable Colour PDF here or if you prefer, a Black & White PDF here.

We ask you to keep it handy for when candidates come looking for your vote, and make sure they know that the Irish government’s attitude toward Palestine is an important issue for voters in Ireland!

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The #PalestinePledges

On 9th February the IPSC officially launched a campaign calling on candidates in the General Election to pledge to support justice for Palestine. In a call sent to the hundreds of candidates in forty constituencies – which you can read online here – we have asked aspiring TDs to take two pledges to support concrete actions to help secure freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people if elected to Dáil Éireann.

The campaign is asking candidates to publicly commit to two promises which they are calling the #PalestinePledges – background information on each is available here. Responses will be published on this page so that all voters concerned with Palestine can with have an informed opinion about where candidates stand on the issue of justice for the Palestinian people. The asks are as follows:

1 – The Arms Trade Pledge: “I believe that no one should profit from the deaths and occupation of Palestinians, and if elected to Dáil Éireann I pledge to actively work to end the bilateral arms trade between Ireland and Israel.”

2 – The EuroMed Pledge: “If elected to Dáil Éireann I pledge to actively work to suspend Israel from the EU-Israel Association Agreement (EuroMed), due to its failure to abide by the Human Rights clause in Article 2”

Who has taken the #PalestinePledges?

Select your constituency to see who has made the #PalestinePledges (and please feel free to contact those who haven’t to ask them to do so)

Notes on current endorsements: Sinn Fein, Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, The Workers’ Party, the Communist Party of Ireland and numerous independent candidates have all endorsed both pledges.

The Green Party has stated in an email to us that it “supports ending arms trading, both government procurement and dual use exporting, with all countries with questionable human rights records including but not limited to Israel,” but have made no mention of the EuroMed agreement.

The Labour Party manifesto sent to us states that: “Building on the symbolic support already approved by Dáil Éireann, we will ensure that the next government formally recognises the state of  Palestine,” but makes no mention of either the arms trade or the EuroMed agreement.

We have received no official response from the Fine Gael, Fianna Fail or Renua parties, and the Social Democrats do not  have commonly agreed policy position on Palestine-Israel.

Carlow-Kilkenny  –  Cavan-Monaghan  –  Clare  –  Cork East  –  Cork North-Central  –  Cork North-West  –  Cork South-Central  –  Cork South West  –  Donegal  –  Dublin Bay North  –  Dublin Bay South  –  Dublin Central  –  Dublin Fingal  –  Dublin Mid-West  –  Dublin North-West –  Dublin Rathdown  –  Dublin South-Central  –  Dublin South-West  –  Dublin West  –  Dun Loaghaire  –  Galway East  –  Galway West  –  Kerry  –  Kildare South  –  Kildare North  –  Laois  –  Limerick City  –  Limerick County  –  Longford-Westmeath  –  Louth  –  Mayo  –  Meath East  –  Meath West  –  Offaly  –  Roscommon-Galway  –  Sligo-Leitrim  –  Tipperary  –  Waterford  –  Wexford  –  Wicklow

List of constituencies in alphabetical order

Carlow-KilkennyPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Pat DeeringFG
David FitzgeraldFG
John Paul PhelanFG
Bobby AylwardFF
John McGuinnessFF
Jennifer Murnane-O’ConnorFF
Kathleen Funchion (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Ann PhelanLab
Conor Mac LiamAAA-PBPYESYES
Adrienne WallaceAAA-PBPYESYES
Malcolm NoonanGPYES
Noel G WalshIND
Paddy Manning IND
Patrick McKeeRENUA
Cavan-MonaghanPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Heather HumphreysFG
Joe O'ReillyFG
Brendan SmithFF
Niamh SmythFF
Mike DurkanFF
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Kathryn ReillySFYESYES
Micheál CallaghanGPYES
ClarePartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Noeleen MoranSFYESYES
Michael McNamaraLAB
Pat BreenFG
Joe CareyFG
Mary HowardFG
Clare Colleran-MolloyFF
Timmy DooleyFF
Michael McDonaghFF
Fergal SmithGPYES
Ian LynchIND
Richard CahillIND
Ann NortonIND
Michael HartyIND
Niamh O’BrienINDYESYES
Cork EastPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Tom BarryFG
Noel McCarthyFG
David StantonFG
Barbara AhernFF
Kevin O’KeeffeFF
Pat Buckley (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Sean SherlockLAB
Ken CurtinSD
Ciara Leonardi RocheAAA-PBPYESYES
Natasha HartyGPYES
Paul BradfordRENUA
Kieran McCarthyIND
Cork North-CentralPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Dara MurphyFG
Julie O'LearyFG
Billy KelleherFF
Thomas GouldSFYESYES
Jonathan O’Brien (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Kathleen LynchLAB
Mick Barry (ELECTED)AAA-PBPYESYES
Oliver MoranGPYES
Ted TynanWPYESYES
Cork North-WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Aine CollinsFG
Michael Creed FG
Aindrias MoynihanFF
Michael MoynihanFF
Nigel DennehySFYESYES
Cormac ManningGPYES
Jason Fitzgerald RENUA
Michael O'DonnellCPYESYES
Cork South CentralPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Simon CoveneyFG
Jerry ButtimerFG
Micheál MartinFF
Michael McGrathFF
Donnchadh O Laoghaire (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Ciaran LynchLab
Jim O'ConnellAAA-PBPYESYES
Fiona RyanAAA-PBPYESYES
Lorna BogueGPYES
Mick FinnIND
Diarmaid O CadhlaIND
Cork South WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Jim DalyFG
Noel HarringtonFG
Margaret Murphy O’MahonyFF
Rachel McCarthySFYESYES
Michael McCarthyLab
John O'MahonyGPYES
Alan ColemanIND
Michael CollinsIND
Fiona O'LearyINDYESYES
Gillian PowellIND
DonegalPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Joe McHughFG
Paddy Harte JNRFG
Pat ‘The Cope’ GallagherFF
Charlie McConalogueFF
Gary DohertySFYESYES
Pearse Doherty (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Padraig Mac LochlainnSFYESYES
Paula Flanagan GPYES
Frank McBreartyIND
Thomas Pringle (ELECTED)INDYESYES
Dublin Bay NorthPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Richard BrutonFG
Naoise Ó MuiríFG
Stephanie ReganFG
Seán HaugheyFF
Deirdre HeneyFF
Micheál MacDonnchaSFYESYES
Denise Mitchell (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Aodhán Ó RíordáinLAB
Cian O’CallaghanSDYESYES
John LyonsAAA-PBPYESYES
Michael O’BrienAAA-PBPYESYES
Donna Cooney GPYES
Tommy BroughanIND
Finian McGrathIND
Averil PowerINDYESYES
Terence FlanaganRENUA
Dublin Bay SouthPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Eoghan MurphyFG
Kate O’ConnellFG
Jim O’CallaghanFF
Chris AndrewsSFYESYES
Kevin HumphreysLAB
Glenna LynchSD
Annette Mooney AAA-PBPYESYES
Eamon Ryan (ELECTED)GPYES
Mannix FlynnIND
Lucinda CreightonRENUA
Dublin CentralPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Cieran PerryINDYESYES
Paschal DonohoeFG
Mary FitzpatrickFF
Mary Lou McDonald (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Joe CostelloLABYESYES
Gary GannonSD
Diana O’DwyerAAA-PBPYESYES
Ian Noel SmythGPYESYES
Christy BurkeINDYESYES
Maureen O’SullivanINDYESYES
Éilis RyanWPYESYES
Dublin FingalPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Alan FarellFG
James ReillyFG
Lorraine Clifford-LeeFF
Darragh O'BrienFF
Louise O’Reilly (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Brendan RyanLAB
Terry KelleherAAA-PBPYESYES
Joe O’BrienGPYESYES
Clare Daly (ELECTED)INDYESYES
Barry MartinINDYESYES
Gerry MolloyRENUA
Dublin Mid-WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Frances FitzgeraldFG
Derek KeatingFG
John CurranFF
Eoin Ó Broin (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Joanna TuffyLAB
Anne-Marie McNallySD
Gino Kenny (ELECTED)AAA-PBPYESYES
Paul GogartyIND
Lorraine HennessyWPYESYES
Francis TimmonsIND
Dublin North-WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Noel RockFG
Paul McAuliffeFF
Cathleen Carney BoudSFYESYES
Dessie Ellis (ELECTED)SFYESYES
John LyonsLAB
Róisín ShortallSD
Andrew Keegan AAA-PBPYESYES
Caroline ConroyGPYES
Jimmy DignamWPYESYES
Bernie Hughes IND
Dublin RathdownPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Josepha MadiganFG
Catherine Martin (ELECTED)GPYES
Peter MathewsIND
Sorcha Nic CormaicSFYESYES
Shane RossIND
Alan ShatterFG
Alex WhiteLab
Dublin South-CentralPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Catherine ByrneFG
Catherine ArdaghFF
Maire DevineSFYESYES
Aengus Ó Snodaigh (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Eric ByrneLAB
Liam CoyneSD
Bríd SmithAAA-PBPYESYES
Oisín Ó hAlmhainGPYES
Michael GarganRENUA
Paul HandINDYESYES
Joan Collins (ELECTED)INDYESYES
Dublin South-WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Colm BrophyFG
Anne-Marie DermodyFG
Karen WarrenFG
John LahartFF
Sean Crowe (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Sarah HollandSFYESYES
Mick DuffLAB
Pamela KearnsLAB
Paul Murphy (ELECTED)AAA-PBPYESYES
Sandra Fay AAA-PBPYESYES
Francis Noel Duffy GPYES
Katherine ZapponeIND
Ronan McMahonRENUA
Eamon MaloneyIND
Deirdre O’DonovanIND
Dublin WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Catherine NooneFG
Leo VaradkarFG
Jack ChambersFF
Paul DonnellySFYESYES
Joan BurtonLAB
Ruth Coppinger (ELECTED) AAA-PBPYESYES
Roderic O’GormanGPYES
Dun LoaghairePartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Maria BaileyFG
Richard Boyd-BarrettAAA-PBPYESYES
Frank CroninRENUA
Cormac DevlinFF
Mary HanafinFF
Carol HuntIND
Mary Mitchell O'ConnorFG
Shane O'BrienSFYESYES
Carrie SmythLAB
Ossian SmythGPYES
Galway EastPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Ciaran CannonFG
Paul ConnaughtonFG
Colm KeaveneyFF
Ann RabbitteFF
Annmarie RocheSFYESYES
Lorraine HigginsLAB
Sean CanneyIND
Galway WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Sean KyneFG
Hildegarde NaughtonFG
John O’MahonyFG
John ConnollyFF
Mary HoadeFF
Éamon Ó CuívFF
Trevor Ó ClochartaighSFYESYES
Derek NolanLAB
Niall Ó TuathailSD
Tommy HolohanAAA-PBPYESYES
Seamus SheridanGPYES
Noel GrealishNID
Catherine ConnollyIND
Fidelma Healy-EamesIND
Nicola DaveronRENUA
KerryPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Jimmy DeenihanFG
Brendan GriffinFG
Grace O'DonnellFG
John BrassilFF
Norma Moriarty FF
Martin Ferris (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Arthur SpringLAB
Brian FinucaneAAA-PBPYESYES
Michael FitzgeraldGPYES
Michael Healy-RaeIND
Tom FlemingIND
Kildare SouthPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Mark WallLAB
Fiona McLoughlin HealyFG
Martin HeydonFG
Sean Ó FearghaílFF
Patricia RyanSFYESYES
Kildare NorthPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Reada CroninSFYESYES
Brendan YoungIndYESYES
Maebh Ní FhallúinGPYES
Ashling MerrirmanAAA-PBPYESYES
Emmet StaggLAB
Catherine MurphySD
James LawlessFF
Frank O'Rourke (ELECTED)FFYESYES
Anthony LawlorFG
Bernard DurkanFG
LaoisPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Thomasina ConnellFG
Charlie Flanagan FG
Sean FlemingFF
Brian Stanley (ELECTED)SFYESYES
John WhelanLAB
Sinead MooreGPYES
Limerick CityPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Cian PrendivilleAAA-PBPYESYES
Sarah Jane HennellySD
Maurice Quinlivan (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Jan O’SullivanLAB
Willie O’DeaFF
Michael NoonanFG
Kieran O’DonnellFG
James GaffneyGPYES
Limerick CountyPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Seamus BrowneSFYESYES
James HeffernanSD
Niall CollinsFF
Tom NevilleFG
Patrick O'DonovanFG
Mark KeoghIDP
Emmett O’BrienINDNONO
Richard O'DonoghueIND
Longford-WestmeathPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
James BannonFG
Peter BurkeFG
Gabrielle McFaddenFG
Connie Gerety-QuinnFF
Robert TroyFF
Paul HoganSFYESYES
Willie PenroseLAB
Dominic ParkerAAA-PBPYESYES
Manchán MaganGPYESYES
LouthPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Peter FitzpatrickFG
Fergus O'DowdFG
Declan BreathnachFF
Emma CoffeyFF
Gerry Adams (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Imelda Munster (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Mary MoranLAB
Ged NashLAB
Gareth WeldonAAA-PBPYESYES
Mark DeareyGPYES
Michael O’DowdRENUA
MayoPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Enda KennyFG
Michelle MulherinFG
Michael RingFG
Dara CallearyFF
Lisa Chambers FF
Rose Conway-WalshSFYESYES
Tom MoranAAA-PBPYESYES
Margaret SheehanGPYES
Michael FarringtonRENUA
Meath EastPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Regina DohertyFG
Helen McEnteeFG
Darren O’RourkeSFYESYES
Thomas ByrneFF
Dominic HanniganLAB
Aisling O’NeillSD
Sean Ó BuachallaGPYES
Seamus McDonaghWPYESYES
Meath WestPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Ray ButlerFG
Damien EnglishFG
Shane CassellsFF
Peadar Tóibín (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Tracey McElhinnyLAB
Seamus McMenaminGPYES
OffalyPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Marcella Corcoran-KennedyFG
Barry CowenFF
Eddie FitzpatrickFF
Carol NolanSFYESYES
John LeahyRENUA
John FoleyIND
Roscommon-Galway PartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Maura HopkinsFG
Eugene MurphyFF
Claire KerraneSFYESYES
John KellyLAB
Eddie ConroyAAA-PBPYESYES
Miriam HennesyGPYES
Michael FitzmauriceIND
Denis NaughtenIND
Anne FarrellRENUA
Sligo-LeitrimPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Tony McLoughlinFG
John PerryFG
Gerry ReynoldsFG
Marc MacSharryFF
Eamon ScanlonFF
Martin KennySFYESYES
Chris McManusSFYESYES
Susan O’KeeffeLAB
Declan BreeIND
Nigel GallagherAAA-PBPYESYES
Finbarr FilanRENUA
TipperaryPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Séamus MorrisSFYESYES
Gearóid Fitzgibbon

GPYES
Alan KellyLAB
Noel CoonanFG
Tom HayesFG
Marie MurphyFG
Siobhan AmbroseFF
Jackie CahillFF
Michael SmithFF
Michael LowryIND
Mattie McGrathIND
Seamus Healy (ELECTED)WUAGYESYES
WaterfordPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Paudie CoffeyFG
John DeasyFG
Mary Butler FF
David Cullinane (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Ciara ConwayLab
Grace O’SullivanGPYES
John HalliganIND
Mailo PowerRENUA
Una DunphyAAA-PBPYESYES
WexfordPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
James BrowneFF
Aoife ByrneFF
Malcolm ByrneFF
Ger CarthyInd
Michael D'ArcyFG
Julie HoganFG
Brendan HowlinLab
Paul KehoeFG
Leonard KellySD
Johnny MythenSFYESYES
Deirdre WaddingAAA-PBPYESYES
Mick WallaceInd
Ann Walsh GPYES
WicklowPartyArms Trade PledgeEuroMed Pledge
Joe BehanIND
John Brady (ELECTED)SFYESYES
Sharon BriggsAAA-PBPYESYES
Pat CaseyFF
Avril CroninFG
Jennifer CuffeFF
Stephen DonnellySD
Andrew DoyleFG
Anna DoyleAAA-PBPYESYES
Anne FerrisLab
Simon HarrisFG
Steven MathewsGPYES
Billy TimminsRENUA