Ireland

Uproar at invitations to Gaza-twinning ceremony

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

The chairman of Northern Ireland's smallest district council has drawn national criticism for apparently inviting the Mayor of Gaza and members of Gaza City Council to take part in a "twinning ceremony" without consulting fellow councillors.

Padraig McShane, an Independent councillor and chairman of Moyle District Council in Country Antrim has spearheaded the plan to twin Moyle with Gaza and in

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BNP leader Nick Griffin given debate platform at Trinity College Dublin

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Nick Griffin has been invited to speak at a Trinity College Dublin event.

A university spokeswoman confirmed that the British National Party leader is set to appear at a Philosophical Society meeting on October 20.

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Riverdance sets off on Israel tour

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

The Irish musical sensation Riverdance arrived in Israel earlier this month despite calls for them to boycott performances for political reasons.

Pro-Palestinian activists targeted the troupe urging after the shows were announced, but their demands were resisted.

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Israel 'smeared candidate' for Irish presidency

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Israel has been accused of launching a smear campaign against Irish presidential candidate, Senator David Norris, after a blogger wrote about his relationship with an Israeli peace activist.

John Connolly, a 22-year-old Zionist blogger from Ealing, revealed last month that Senator Norris's former partner, activist Ezra Nawi, had been convicted of a series of crimes, including sleeping with an

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Jewish Minister 'has agenda to damage Church'

By Padraig Reidy and Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A priest in County Kilkenny, Ireland, has accused Jewish Justice Minister Alan Shatter of having a "vested interest" in damaging the Church through the government's investigation into child abuse.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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On this day: A Nazi comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2011

Mary McAleese made headlines round the world – for all the wrong reasons – with comments made just before she attended a Holocaust Memorial day ceremony.

The Irish president, in office since 1997, likened Protestant treatment of Catholics in Northern Ireland to the actions of the Nazis in 1930s and 1940s Germany.

She said: "They gave to their children an irrational hatred of Jews in the same way that people in Northern Ireland transmitted to their children an irrational hatred, for example, of Catholics.

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Irish upgrade Palestinian diplomatic status

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011

The Irish government has upgraded the status of Dublin’s Palestinian diplomatic mission to that of an embassy, prompting concern that its European neighbours will follow suit.

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned the move and expressed regret over it, but said it had not come as a surprise.

Although the decision does not automatically mean Ireland officially recognises an independent Palestinian state, it does represent a break with the rest of the European Union.

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New Irish abattoirs to stop kosher crisis

By Leon Symons, November 18, 2010

Kosher meat supplies will continue to flow into Britain from Ireland despite a major abattoir having closed its kosher facility last month.

At least two other abattoirs have been employed to make sure that kosher butchers, primarily in the London area, will be fully stocked.

Slaney Foods in County Wexford announced without warning that it was closing its kosher production plant. The company, which also supplies meat to the McDonald's chain, said the decision to close had been made after news reports that halal meat was being used in some McDonald's restaurants.

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A lot of hot Eire as Irish do boycott gig

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2010

Irish creative and performing artists have launched a cultural boycott of Israel, saying they will not perform or exhibit in the Jewish state "until it respects international law".

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched the boycott with a concert in Dublin, declaring that performers "should not be used as propaganda tools by the Israeli apartheid state".

In response, the Israeli Embassy in Dublin said the move was "regrettable and ill-informed".

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