Below, a statement dated May 2019 organised by Clare and signed by Irish TDs and Senators calling for respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms in Catalonia.
We the undersigned, as Europeans and Irish parliamentarians, are very concerned at the human rights violations taking place in Catalonia. Two civil society leaders, Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, have spent the last year in prison detained on “sedition” charges against their right to free speech and peaceful assembly. Their continued detention is a disproportionate restriction on their human rights. As members of the Irish parliament we:
· Call for respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms in Catalonia;
· Condemn the repression suffered by legitimate elected representatives, political representatives of the government of the Generalitat of Catalonia imprisoned or forced into exile due to their opinions while exercising the mandates entrusted to them by the electors;
· Note that this is an attack on established democratic rights and freedoms;
· Call on Ireland and our EU counterparts to do all possible to re-establish conditions for suitable dialogue to find a political solution to a political problem.
Clare Daly TD, Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Mick Wallace TD, Catherine Connolly TD, Joan Collins TD, Thomas Broughan TD, Thomas Pringle TD, Brid Smith TD, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Gino Kenny TD, Mattie McGrath TD, Michael Fitzmaurice TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Brian Stanley TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, David Cullinane TD, Denise Mitchell TD,Dessie Ellis TD, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD, Eoin Ó Broin TD, Gerry Adams TD, Imelda Munster TD, John Brady TD, Jonathan O’Brien TD, Kathleen Funchion TD, Louise O’Reilly TD, Martin Ferris TD, Martin Kenny TD, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Maurice Quinlivan TD, Pat Buckley TD, Pearse Doherty TD, Sean Crowe TD.
Senator Colette Kelleher, Sen. Grace O’Sullivan, Sen. Fintan Warfield, Sen. Máire Devine, Sen. Niall Ó Donnghaile, Sen. Padraig MacLochlainn, Sen. Paul Gavan, Sen. Rose Conway Walsh. , Sen. David Norris, Sen. Gerard Craughwell.