We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Alan Shatter Photocall Ireland
Gaza Flotilla

Minister questions need for Gaza flotilla

Alan Shatter said the aid mission was a political protest.

THE MINISTER FOR Justice Alan Shatter has said the reasoning behind the aid flotilla setting sail for Gaza this week is “something of a mystery” to him and questioned the need for such a “political protest.”

The Irish boat the MV Saoirse will set sail for Gaza next week with 25 Irish people on board including former TD Chris Andrews and former rugby star Trevor Horgan.

The boat is part of an aid flotilla bound for the contentious Gaza Strip where it hopes to deliver building materials and humanitarian aid.

However, Shatter has questioned the need for such an aid mission given that Egypt recently reopened the Rafah border, the Gaza Strip’s main gateway to the outside world.

He told Newstalk:

I personally find it something of a mystery as to why the flotilla is taking place at a time when the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Israel is open.

Anyone who truly wants to get goods in to Gaza can now do so through Egypt.

I see the flotilla more as a political protest.

One of ten boats, the MV Saoirse sets sail from the Mediterranean today and will rendezvous with other vessels on Tuesday ahead of the final leg of the journey towards Gaza.

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has called on Israel to show restraint when the flotilla reaches Palestinian waters following last year’s violent interception by Israeli forces which resulted in the death of nine activists and caused an international outcry.

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.