A number of Irish citizens are believed to have left Gaza through the Rafah crossing into Egypt.

Tanaiste Micheal Martin travelled to Cairo overnight, where he says he'll continue to work to help more citizens to leave.

It's reported 20 to 30 of the 40 Irish citizens who are trapped in Gaza will be leave the occupied territory today.

Meanwhile a local councillor has called for support from his local authority colleagues to write to the Government urging it to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Cathaoirleach of the Ballina MD Seamus Weir raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council on Monday, but his motion was not supported by his council colleagues.

However, the Independent councillor raised the issue again at today's monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District where his motion received unanimous support and the authority will now write to the Taoiseach and call on the Irish government to begin talking about assisting in setting up a peace process for the Middle East.

Councillor Weir has been telling Midwest Radio News Editor Teresa O'Malley more about why he believes the Irish Government need to make the call....


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