The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, has called for Ireland to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, due to the fact that it will be held in Israel.
Councillor Mac Donncha believes that Ireland should stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and not enter a participant for next year’s contest.
“I think the horrific ordeal of the Palestinian people needs to be highlighted. There needs to be solidarity just as there was with the people of South Africa with the apartheid regime.”
He also mentioned the fact that the Irish-Palestine had collected the names of over 500 artists that would not work in Israel, in support of the Palestinian people. Councillor Mac Donncha was recently banned from entering Israel after attending a conference in Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian National Authority. At the time, the Israeli embassy in Dublin accused Mac Donncha and Dublin City Council of “waging a campaign of hatred and discrimination” against them. Dublin City Council also voted to support a boycott and economic sanctions against Israel last month, over the country’s response to recent protests at the Gaza border.
RTÉ have yet to confirm Irish participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Should they choose to withdraw, it would be Ireland’s first absence from the contest since 2002.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy represented Ireland in Lisbon this year with the song “Together”. He finished 16th in the final with 136 points. This was Ireland’s first appearance in the final since 2013 and their best result since 2012.
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just six out of a possible 13 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.