12. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will request the release of a person (details supplied); his views on the position of UNICEF that the ill-treatment of Palestinian children in military detention is widespread, systematic and institutionalised; his further views on the fact that Israel is the only nation that systematically detains and prosecutes children in a military court system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3504/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Middle East Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 28 together.
The overall human rights situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the treatment of children in detention, remains a matter of concern. Ireland has repeatedly drawn attention to concerns regarding the treatment of Palestinian prisoners. We have paid particular attention over recent years to issues related to the detention of minors. Ireland...

71. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump’s, plan to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; and that this planned move is a reversal of existing US policy (details supplied); if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the move is a violation of Resolution 181 of the UN General Assembly and that senior Palestinian officials warn that the move could provoke regional violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3029/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Middle East Issues)

Deputy Bríd Smith: This will be one of the most urgent discussions we could have. Following the amazing demonstrations across the planet after the inauguration of President Trump, one of the most feared factors connected to his presidency is the question of his promised move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade will notice that all the international diplomats clued into this in any way are warning of a major provocation in the region an...

1477. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the National Digital Research Centre, NDRC, whose budget is paid entirely from State funds, refused to support an initiative to assist the fledgling start-up ecosystem in Palestine citing NDRC’s purported politically neutral status in view of the fact that it has provided support and sponsorship to a programme of engagement with the start-up ecosystem of Israel (details supplied); his plans to influence the NDRC to co-operate in extending support to the Palestine start-up ecosystem or to cease support for the Israeli start-up ecosystem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41592/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Middle East Issues)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Deputy Denis Naughten: The NDRC is a not-for-profit company which operates the National Digital Research Centre under a Concession Agreement with my Department. The matters referred to in the Deputy’s question are a day-to-day operational matter for the company and I, as Minister, have no role in this regard. I have, however, asked NDRC to correspond directly with the Deputy in the matter.
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55. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he is aware of the increase in the number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli security forces in the past year; the number of these children who were arrested without their parents being informed (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19412/16 asked on 05 Jul 2016 - Middle East Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The treatment of Palestinian children in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is of deep concern, and an issue on which Ireland has been active for some time.
The significant rise in the number of children arrested, which has been highlighted in reports by UNICEF and others, is largely connected to the wave of violent incidents over the last ten months in which, tragically, many children and young people have been involved.
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328. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he is aware of the increase in the number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli security forces in the past year; the number of these children that were arrested without their parents being informed; and his views on the use of unnecessary force in arresting and detaining these children in some cases beating them and holding them in unsafe and abusive conditions. (Question 19426/16 asked on 05 Jul 2016 - Middle East Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to his Question no 55 (19412/16) today, which was as follows:
“The treatment of Palestinian children in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is of deep concern, and an issue on which Ireland has been active for some time.
The significant rise in the number of children arrested, which has been highlighted in reports by UNICEF and others, is largely connected to the wave of violent incidents over ...