Ireland 2019: A campaign for the country’s boycott of Eurovision 2019 has begun

Ireland 2019: A campaign for the country’s boycott of Eurovision 2019 has begun

Irish artists, associations and the Palestinian support association launched a campaign in favor of the boycott of the country at Eurovision 2019. The first event took place in Dublin on the Ha’penny Bridge.

Singers, creators, activists and a number of well-known Irish figures have launched a campaign to push RTE’, the public broadcaster, away from the next Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Israel. Indeed, they have already begun collecting signatures, surpassing so far 3,500.

Among the protesters was one of Riverdance’s creators, Robert Ballagh, as well as Carrie Crowley, 1997 show-winner of the latest Eurovision that was held in Ireland. She said:

“There is a keen interest in the situation in Palestine by the Irish, because in the past we were also imprisoned by occupying forces. We understand how to move away from homes, to lose our land and property and to feel that we no longer have rights. Our relationship with Great Britain has improved so much and I believe that Palestine and Israel could look to the future and maybe do something similar. I want to raise awareness with my presence and the world about all this, as there are so many people who love Eurovision and we can make them interested”.

The campaign began after comments by Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney, who argued that a boycott of Eurovision would not help the Palestinians.

Ireland has so far not confirmed its participation in the next Eurovision. The country  was represented in Lisbon by Ryan O’Shaughnessy with the song “Together”, getting the 16th place. This was the first time since 2013 when Ireland qualified to the final.

Fotis Kourouvanis

3 thoughts on “Ireland 2019: A campaign for the country’s boycott of Eurovision 2019 has begun

  1. Irish hypocrisy at the height of its “glory”. Ireland, according to research, until 2030 will become a Muslim state. A simple matter of high birth rates among the immigrant population and the migration of the born Irish citizens to other countries. Throughout history, the moderate majority has always been “quiet” compared to a disgruntled minority. The people in the picture and the issue- represent the minority in the Irish public opinion! They represent organizations funded by terrorists who have an interest.The biggest hypocrisy of these organizations is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the bottom of their priorities and is as interesting to them as I am to the politics in lapland. They represent the exact opposite of all Eurovision values.And remember my words-In 2030, Ireland will no longer participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and not because of the Israelis …

  2. What a load of nonsense. I thought, given her background, that Carrie Crowley would have a greater understanding of Eurovision. It is a non political event. No songs with political themes are permitted and the same goes for the hosting country.

    Also, it is almost certainly not going to be held in Jerusalem.

    Keep politics out of Eurovision.

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