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Minister Flanagan visits Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

Ireland, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2015

Minister Flanagan visits Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, continued his visit to the Middle East today (Wednesday).

In the morning he visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel's Holocaust Museum and Memorial. He stated:

"I was very moved by my visit to Yad Vashem this morning. It was an honour to lay a wreath, on behalf of the Irish people, in memory of the six million Jewish people who were systematically murdered during the Holocaust.

"Yad Vashem is a stark reminder of the need to be ever vigilant in combatting anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance."

The Minister also visited Teva, an Israeli pharmaceutical company which employs over 500 people at its state-of-the-art facility in Waterford and its centre in Dundalk. He stated:

"Teva is an important employer in Waterford and Dundalk and its activities have helped to place Ireland at the cutting edge of research and development in the pharmaceutical sector."

In the afternoon, the Minister will visit the West Bank.

ENDS

Press Office

18 February 2015