Palestinian flag to fly over County Hall

The Palestinian flag will fly over the County Hall here in Tallaght in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

The motion, proposed by Sinn Féin councillor Enda Fanning, passed by majority at yesterday’s South Dublin County Council meeting with no member voting against the motion.

The motion read:

“Following the example set by Dublin City Council, this Council will fly the flag of Palestine over County Hall for a month in solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine.”

Many councillors voiced support for the motion, while two spoke of their opposition to the flying of the flag.

Fianna Fail councillor Ed O’Brien spoke of what type of precedent the motion would set while Independent councillor Guss O’Connell said he didn’t believe the council “should be flying a flag for one side or the other. This is too sectarian.”

Speaking after the motion was passed Cllr Fanning said:

“I am delighted with the vote in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

“It might seem like a very small gesture but I know from the reaction to similar decisions made by other councils that today’s vote will be applauded across Palestine and elsewhere.”

It has not yet been decided when the flag will be flown above County Hall.