Sinn Féin's spokesperson for foreign affairs, Padraig MacLochlainn TD has urged the new FG/Labour coalition government to officially recognise the Palestinian state. Deputy MacLochlainn has compared the Palestinians situation to the non- recognition by the International community of the Irish nation in 1921 when the first Dáil met and declared Ireland’s independence.
The Palestinian people currently live under the whip of a virtual Israeli dictatorship. There basic human rights are denied, and even the simplest things that we take for granted such as travelling to the local hospital are made as difficult as possible for the Palestinians by the Israelis. There are currently up to ten thousand Palestinians being interned by Israeli forces. This is the highest level of political prisoner's in the world today.
By recognising the Palestinian state, the new government would be turning the international limelight back on Israel, making it harder for them to continue to operate an apartheid state.