Photo: Pro-Catalonia demonstrators outside the Dublin City Council building on September 11th, 2017 (Credit: Liffey.cat)
December 14th, 2017
According to the Catalan-language Irish news website, Liffey.cat , an extraordinary municipal plenary that was held yesterday approved by 21 votes in favor and 18 against, that the Catalan flag would be flown for a month in the city’s main council building, located on Dame Street in the Irish capital. The decision is aimed showing solidarity with Catalonia in these difficult times and at the same time denouncing the brutal actions of the Spanish police during the referendum on October 1st of this year. The motion was to be voted upon on the 4th of December, but had to be postponed.
The issue was deeply debated at the plenary and it was the one that raised the most interventions by speakers. The arguments in favor were the defense of human rights, democracy, solidarity, political prisoners, attacks on the Catalan language and historical ties between Catalonia and Ireland; the opposing arguments focused on the fact that the situation in Catalonia is not relevant to Dublin City Council, that Spain is a democracy, that this could cause offense to Spain, and that this could be the beginning of a list endless of causes for which a foreign flag could be hung at the city council building.
Among those who defended the motion and those who opposed it, were representatives of almost all the political parties present in the city council.