Defiant Tricolour



This morning/afternoon.

The Palestinian flag will fly alongside the Irish tricolour above City Hall, Dublin until the end of the month as a ‘gesture of solidarity with the people of Palestine’ following a motion, passed Monday, proposed by People Before Profit Dublin City Councillor John Lyons,

It was carried by 42 to 11, with seven abstentions.  Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil opposed the motion.

Top pic via Cllr John Lyons



This afternoon.

A ceremony to mark the raising of the Palestinian flag over City Hall with, from left: TDs Bríd Smith, Gino Kenny, Cllr John Lyons, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Fatin al Tamimi and Martin Quigley, from the  Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC).


37 thoughts on “Defiant Tricolour

  1. Rob

    If the Israeli Ambassador is so upset about this flag flying, address the reason why it is flying in the first place. End the Occupation.

  2. m.e.

    I don’t understand why any flag should fly above a public building that isn’t that of the city, province, country, or EU.

      1. m.e.

        No, I don’t know actually. I was under the impression that there was a code for which flags flew over public buildings but apparently not.

      1. m.e.

        Over public buildings? Yes, along with any other flag that isn’t included in the preceding list. I don’t view flagpoles as a social/political platform.

        1. ahjayzis

          “I don’t view flagpoles as a social/political platform.

          What are they for then?
          Skyhooks so the building doesn’t fall down?

          1. m.e.

            Or monuments that show celebrate the place we live? If one truly finds flagpoles an acceptable level of political and social discourse, I suggest that they form better ways to express themselves.

          2. ahjayzis

            You’re missing my point. They are the very definition of a social/political platform, they have been since the concept was invented. It’s their original purpose.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Palestine is an official state. This is a display of recognition. However, given world fleggery issues, this would be even more credible if it were backed up by an official state invitation.

      1. m.e.

        The United Kingdom is an “official state” (I think you mean de jure sovereign state in the case of Palestine), would you like their flag flown above city hall to recognise them?

  3. Rob_G

    Just as well that there isn’t a housing crisis or any other pressing issue that Dublin councillers could be debating right now…

      1. Joe Small

        +1 They’re the stock in trade of the loony left. Corbyn would approve of that empty gesture.

        1. ahjayzis

          The right insists our parliament literally invoke the creator of the universe and his kid at the beginning of every session.

          1. Rob_G

            DCC trolling the Israelis will have about the same impact in solving the Israeli/Palestinian crisis as praying to God/Yahweh/Allah/FSM

  4. bisted

    …well done Cllr Lyons and your 41 colleagues…we know from Nelson Mandela the importance of gestures like these to people suffering under apartheid regimes…

  5. Jake38

    Meaningless trendy publicity-seeking no cost right on gesture from the usual suspects. Just as well there are no other problems for the comrades on the council to worry about.

  6. petey

    that’s nice.
    next month, could we have the IWW flag, for example , to show solidarity with victimized workers of every nation?

  7. bisted

    …Dublin City Council should use their power to prevent the Rolling Stones from coming to Croke Park. The group defied widespread pleas and broke the cultural boycott by playing for the apartheid regime in Tel Aviv.

  8. mahoney

    this is extremely anti-semetic and in very poor taste, I guess it’s true that more than a few nazi’s fled here after the war

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      Support of oppressed and occupied peoples =/= belief that Jews are bad people.

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