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Watch: Dáil briefly suspended as protesters in gallery call for sanctions against Israel

The Dáil was hearing statements on the recognition of Palestine.

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THE DÁIL WAS suspended briefly this afternoon after a group of protesters in the public gallery interrupted statements on the recognition of Palestine to call for sanctions to be imposed on Israel.

Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins had just begun speaking when the protesters took to their feet and began chanting. 

One man held up a sign that said “divest”, while another person carried a Palestinian flag.

The protesters chanted “stop arming Israel”, “sanctions now” and “close Shannon to the US military”.

After about 40 seconds of chanting, Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly TD took the decision to suspended the house. 

The group of around 12 protesters were then escorted from the gallery by ushers. 

The protesters received applause from other members of the public gallery. 

With reporting from Press Association. 

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