On Saturday evening Ireland returned to the Grand Final for the very first time in five years. But if the Lord Mayor of Dublin has anything to do with it, the next time we see Ireland at Eurovision will be in 2020.
Micheal Mac Donncha has called for Ireland to boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Mac Donncha, a Sinn Fein politician with close ties to Palestine, made the comment in an interview with Dublin Live.
He said: “I would support [a boycott]…I don’t think we should send a representative.”
Mac Doncha isn’t the only Irish politican in support of a boycott. MEPs Lynn Boylan and Nessa Childers have both shared their support on social media.
Boylan, also of Sinn Fein, shared this tweet:
— Lynn Boylan MEP (@LNBDublin) May 12, 2018
BDS refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, a global campaign group which works to advance various forms of boycott against Israel, until it meets what the campaign says are Israel’s “obligations under international law”.
Childers, a member of the Party of European socialists, questioned the rumoured choice of Jerusalem as host city.
Jerusalem? The mind boggles. I thought Tel Aviv. https://t.co/z6VTk0hIAK
— Nessa Childers MEP (@NChildersMEP) May 12, 2018
If Ireland does boycott, it would be the first year the country fails to participate in the contest since 2002.
Ten countries have already expressed provisional interest in participating in Israel. Israel has hosted the contest twice previously in 1979 and 1999. On both occasions, Jerusalem played host to the contest and Ireland participated on both occasions.
This year Ireland made it to the Grand Final for the first time in five years. It awarded thirteen points to Israel in total. Seven points from the jury and six points from the televoting.
RTE is yet to confirm participation, and a withdrawal seems unlikely in light of qualification this year. The broadcaster has utilised internal selection over the past three years. Prior to that The Late Late Show served as a single night national selection.
Photo: Lord Mayor of Dublin Twitter, AP Photo/Armando Franca