Author Archives: Paul Murphy

How the siege of Gaza can be broken


Two weeks ago, I flew to Turkey to participate in the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza. Unfortunately, I have returned to Europe without having managed to reach Gaza with our vital humanitarian aid – having being thwarted by Israeli actions. The life-threatening sabotage of two boats due to participate in the flotilla and the Greek blockade of its own ports ...

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Trichet’s rate increase is nail in coffin for PIGS economies

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The European Central Bank’s decision to increase interest rates by 0.25% will have devastating consequences for mortgage holders across Ireland. For many, this extra €500 a year or more will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and can leave them facing eviction. Jean-Claude Trichet’s announcement is also a further nail in the coffin of economies like Greece, Ireland ...

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Video: Clashing with Tory MEP over Freedom Flotilla

During yesterday’s plenary session, one of the topics of debate was the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. Such a debate inevitably draws out the open apologists for imperialists and those that seek to justify the vicious treatment given to the Palestinian people by the Israeli state. One of the prime examples of these pro-imperialists types is Conservative ...

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We need crisis action, not We are not Portugal! t-shirts


Mr. Noonan’s policy of sticking his head in the ground and ignoring the inevitable march of events, makes him look rather silly today. I hope he has come to the realisation that, with the downgrading of Portuguese debt and its impact on Ireland, printing up T-shirts declaring “We are not Portugal!” will not save us. Ireland now sits just above ...

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Interview: The sabotage and blockade of the Freedom Flotilla


The video below is an interview that I did with EU Observer discussing the sabotage of the MV Saoirse and outlining why it’s very clear that it was sabotaged and not simply a case of damage. The interview also covers the joint letter sent by myself and two other MEPs calling on the leaders of the European institutions to openly ...

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Audio: Debate with Cllr. Richard Humphreys about Freedom Flotilla

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As I mentioned a number of days ago, a Labour Party councillor, Richard Humphreys, made a number of particularly disgusting comments about last year’s Freedom Flotilla attempting to blame the brutal murder of nine Turkish activists by the Israeli Defence Forces on the activists themselves, labelling them as “Turkish terrorists”. This is despite the fact that a UN report stated ...

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Arrival of friends and media clashes with supporters of blockade


After an epic voyage which involved sleeping overnight in Istanbul airport and a trip that involved three one-hour flights taking 24 hours, the five other Irish who are joining me on the Italian-Dutch boat have finally arrived! They are Trevor Hogan, Zoe Lawlor, Fintan Lane, Hussein Hamed and Cllr. Gerry MacLochlainn. Apparently, it’s public knowledge where we are, so I’m ...

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MEPs call on EU leaders to condemn sabotage of Flotilla boats by Israeli authorities


This morning, myself and two other Members of the European Parliament who are taking part in the Freedom Flotilla, Willy Meyer of the GUE/NGL group and Nicole Kiil-Nielsen from the Greens, wrote to the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament as well as to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy regarding the ...

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Life-threatening sabotage damages MV Saoirse


It has been a dramatic few days, which accounts for the slight pause in blogging. The strategy of the Israeli state has become crystal clear. They intend to delay and disrupt the flotilla with any means at their disposal. At the start of this week, this had already resulted in a delay to the flotilla as ships in Greece were ...

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