Ireland's most Senior elected politician Michael D Higgins today demanded the safe passage for the MV Rachel Corrie.
In a statement, he said some people on the vessel had contacted him earlier today and stressed they wanted to avoid conflict and to be allowed unload their cargo to help the residents of the Gaza Strip.
"The Minister for Foreign Affairs . . . must make it clear that any assault on the Rachel Corrie would be regarded as a hostile act against Ireland and a clear breach of international law that could not be ignored by this country," Mr Higgins said.