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Ireland must bring charges against perpetrators of war crimes in gaza

Posted on July 26, 2010

Costello and De Rossa urge action  - Deputy Joe Costello and Proinsias De Rossa MEP presenting a letter to the Attorney General, urging action on the Goldstone Report into war against Gaza
Deputy Joe Costello and Proinsias De Rossa MEP presenting a letter to the Attorney General, urging action on the Goldstone Report into war against Gaza

Last week Deputy Joe Costello and Proinsias De Rossa MEP made a formal complaint to the Attorney General about the Israeli 'Operation Cast Lead' and called for the initiation of prosecutions for war crimes carried out in Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009.

During that war over 1400 Palestinian civilians, including over 300 children, died. Also killed were 11 Israelis (seven from 'friendly' fire), and two Israeli civilians.

Speaking in joint statement, Deputy Costello and Pronisias De Rossa MEP said: "We are calling on Ireland's Attorney General to exercise his duty under Irish legislation, The Geneva Convention Act (1962), which obliges him to bring charges against those that are suspected of war crimes.

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Proinsias De Rossa MEP - named best Irish MEP

Posted on July 16, 2010

Proinsias De Rossa MEP - Ireland's top MEP

You might have seen news articles yesterday which named Proinsias De Rossa MEP as the top ranking Irish MEP as compiled by the website MEP Rankings. Do check out the rankings as well as the website of the best MEP in Ireland.

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The role of the Oireachtas

Posted on July 05, 2010

The Role of the Oireachtas

The role of the Oireachtas is greatly strengthened under the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty, writes Deputy Joe Costello.

At present the Dáil and Seanad are bypassed by the Government, important decisions in relation to Europe are made exclusively by the Taoiseach and Government Ministers.

Under Lisbon, Oireachtas members will play a central role in EU matters. The Oireachtas will be responsible for thorough scrutiny of EU draft proposals for proper transposition of EU legislation and for holding the Irish Government to account when it makes decisions in Brussels.

Today the Labour Party has published our proposals for changing the way the Houses of the Oireachtas conducts its business so as to facilitate these new powers.

By Joe Costello TD

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Will the Irish ambassador be withdrawn from Israel following flotilla attacks

Posted on June 01, 2010

Leaders Questions in the Dáil today saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD question the Taoiseach about whether he had considered withdrawing the Irish ambassador in Israel following the attack on the Gaza humanitarian aid flotilla early on Monday morning.

"Has the Government given any thought to what action will need to be taken if the Government of Israel does not comply with those calls made by the Government and the governments of other countries? Has the Taoiseach given any consideration, for example, to withdrawing of the Irish ambassador from Israel for consultation, a course of action I understand is being considered by other European countries?

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Proinsias De Rossa MEP on today's protest outside the Department of Foreign Affairs

Posted on May 07, 2010

Protest against Government's support for Israel's accession to OECD - Proinsias De Rossa MEP, Susan O'Keefe and Deputy Joe Costello
Proinsias De Rossa MEP, Susan O'Keefe and Deputy Joe Costello

Joe Costello TD and I this afternoon organised a well-attended protest outside the Dept. of Foreign Affairs in Dublin against the Irish Government's planned support for Israel's accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The aim of the protest was to put pressure on the Government to reverse its position and to highlight this issue in Ireland.

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Childers part of largest delegation ever to visit Gaza and Cairo

Posted on January 13, 2010

Our MEP for Ireland East Nessa Childers will be taking part in one of the largest ever delegations of MEPs and Parliamentarians to visit Cairo and the Gaza Strip over the next couple of days. The trip has been organised by a Palestenian NGO, End the Siege on Gaza. Here Nessa posts about the trip and includes links where you can follow her progress.

Over the next four days, I will travel with one of the largest delegations ever to the besieged and still occupied Gaza Strip,
Palestine.

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Vote YES today

Posted on October 02, 2009

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD

A clear yes vote today will send out a positive and confident message, that Ireland is open for business, that we welcome foreign investment and the jobs it brings and that we want to remain a fully committed member of the EU.

Given that recent polls have shown a solid majority in favour, there must also be a danger that some people who support the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, may think that it will be automatically carried and that there is no need to turn out to vote. This would be a great mistake.

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If you still don't know, ask Labour

Posted on September 30, 2009

Still have questions on Lisbon - click here to ask LabourThe most recent polls taken before Friday's vote on Lisbon showed just under 20 per cent of people are still unsure of what way they will cast their ballot.

Between now and Friday we have a team of experts on hand to answer your questions on the Lisbon Treaty, what it means and what it doesn't. You can click here to view our Lisbon FAQs. There are many misconceptions surrounding the treaty and this is your chance to dispel those myths.

So if you don't know and have questions on Lisbon, ask Labour.

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Yes, it is that important

Posted on September 28, 2009

Yes it is that important

"This is one of the most important referenda we have held in recent decades. The outcome will not just determine our relationship with the rest of Europe. It will also have a major impact on our capacity to recover from the economic crisis and to get people back to work," the labour Leader Eamon GIlmore TD said launching the final phase of Labour's Lisbon poster campaign.

The poster carries the simple message 'Yes, it is that important' because nobody should be under any doubt about the importance of Friday's poll.

Eamon continued: "The economic environment has changed beyond recognition since we last voted on Lisbon in June 2008.

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UKIP's Pack of Lies

Posted on September 21, 2009

Labour Youth protesting at a UKIP press conference

Every family in Ireland is to receive a glossy leaflet through their letterboxes from a group called "Freedom & Democracy", but which is, in fact, the UK Independence Party.

This leaflet contains some of the most barefaced lies about the Lisbon treaty, surpassing even those of COIR.

First, it claims that the Laval and Ruffert judgments mean that foreign workers can be employed in Ireland at lower wages. NOT TRUE at all - and the pamphlet does not even try to substantiate these assertions! EU law (and even these judgments) say that foreign workers cannot be paid less than the rates laid down in national law.

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