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Councillors will this morning vote on a motion to fly the Catalan flag over Dublin City Hall.
The motion is due to be discussed at the council’s protocol committee after it was advanced by People Before Profit councillor John Lyons, who has proposed flying the flag of the secessionist region for a period of one month.
The exact wording of the motion is as follows: “In solidarity with our twin city of Barcelona this Council condemns the Spanish government’s repression and violence perpetrated on citizens exercising their democratic right to vote and as such, in an act of solidarity and in recognition of this universal right to democracy and self determination as established by international covenants, we agree to fly the Catalan flag over City Hall for one month.”
It makes reference to the violent suppression of a plebiscite on Catalan independence by Spanish authorities last month, which set in train a sequence of events leading to a unilateral declaration of independence from the autonomous Catalan government and the proposed introduction of direct rule for the region.
The motion does not specify the exact month-long period in which the flag, known as the Estelada in the Catalan language, will be flown.
Mr Lyons was also the proposer for a separate suggestion earlier this year to fly the Palestinian flag over Dublin City Hall in “solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza”.
That motion was successfully carried in a move which drew the ire of the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, who warned that the gesture would be “highly politically charged” and risked sending a negative message to Israelis living in Dublin.
The flying of the Estelada may draw a similar rebuke from Spanish representatives in the State after the country issued charges of sedition and rebellion against deposed Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont and other supposed ringleaders of the independence movement.
Meanwhile, members of the Palestinian movement in Ireland are to hold a protest outside the British Embassy in Dublin this afternoon in recognition of the centenary of the Balfour declaration, which proposed the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the then British-controlled territory of Palestine.
Demonstrators will deliver a letter to British ambassador Robin Barnett criticising recent utterances from UK prime minister Theresa May in support of Israel, and the holding of celebratory events to mark the anniversary.