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Campaigners Call For Ireland To Boycott Eurovision 2019


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A campaign is being launched in the city today calling for Ireland to boycott next year's Eurovision.

A group of musicians, politicians and campaigners will gather at the Ha'penny Bridge this morning.

They are campaigning to get us to take a year out from the song contest, which will be hosted by Israel in 2019.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is organising the event - and want to take a stand against what they see as human rights abuses by Israel.

Charlie Mc Gettigan from Leitrim won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with the song Rock and Roll Kids.

He says the competition has a history of taking a social stand, explaining: "I think the Eurovision down the years has had its fair share of protest songs.

"There are people who go into the Eurovision with songs that mean something - it's not just all frivolity."

He added: "It's very obvious what's going on in Israel at the moment - it's very public... We have a chance now to protest about it.

"I'm not saying we should not have the Eurovision... but we shouldn't have it there."


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