Questions For The Taoiseach Re: Minister For Foreign Affairs
Isn’t it interesting to hear in the mass media over the weekend that Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein are calling for the Dail to return to discuss Gaza in the wake their apparent astonishment at the Irish government’s abstention on the UN resolution to investigate human rights abuses in the current conflict.
We wrote the first commentary on this issue on Thuirsday 24th demanding a statement from the government on the abstention. In fairness to Sinn Fein they are quick off the mark catching on and getting the story into the breakingnews.ie by Friday, but the media only took the story seriously when Fianna Fail jumped on the bandwagon on Sunday, once again honouring FF as the champion of virtue and opposition. Why wait guys ,when the political demand for an answer was outstanding since Thursday?
In addition to the telling us the reason for the abstention in the UN resolution there are some additional questions we would ask the Taiseach to answer:
- Is it is a good idea for a Minister for Foreign Affairs to be a member of an “Oireachtas Friends of Israel Group”, especially when his role depends upon impartiality?
- Does this not compromise his position to be an effective and fair minister?
- In the interests of fairness, is it not also vital that such an important minister shouldn’t be in a “friends of anywhere group” (yes, even Palestine) as it potentially compromises his position?
- Was Charlie Flanagan chosen for this reason or despite this reason?
- Does the Taoiseach believe that the standards in public office committee should look at this issue?
- Do Ireland no longer take independent foreign policy decisions?
- Is our Ministry for Foreign Affairs now subservient to a European Foreign Ministry?
- Do Ireland have any say in that?
- If this was part of one of the treaties that the government signed and if so, why did you not tell the electorate that in the relevant referendum information, and did you hide this information from the electorate?
If the media boys, who get this mail in their subscription, will cover the story, the author would appreciate a credit for DDI this time, thanks. 🙂