Related Rule
Ireland
Practice Relating to Rule 103. Collective Punishments
Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that any “minor breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including violations of Articles 26 and 87 of the Geneva Convention III and Article 33 of the Geneva Convention IV, and of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, including violations of Article 75(2)(d), as well as any “contravention” of the 1977 Additional Protocol II, including violations of Article 4(2)(b), are punishable offences. 
Ireland, Geneva Conventions Act, 1962, as amended in 1998, Section 4(1) and (4).
In 2008, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a written response to a question on foreign conflicts, stated:
The Government has consistently called for an end to the isolation of the people of Gaza, in particular through the reopening of crossing points for the movement of people and goods. Gaza has been isolated, in effect, since the Hamas takeover in June 2007, even during the ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas that was broadly respected from 19 June 2008 until 4 November 2008. Since June 2007, Israel has maintained the closure of all border crossings for the movement of people, with limited exceptions. … The Government agrees with those who say that the effective isolation of Gaza constitutes collective punishment and is illegal under international humanitarian law. 
Ireland, Dáil Eireann (House of Deputies), Minister for Foreign Affairs, Written Answers –Foreign Conflicts (2), Dáil Eireann debate Vol. 669 No. 2, 2 December 2008.
In 2008, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a written response to a question on human rights issues, stated:
The Government remain seriously concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, which has effectively been isolated since the Hamas takeover in June 2007, even during a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas which was broadly respected from 19 June 2008 until 4 November 2008. The Government have consistently called for an end to the isolation of the people of Gaza, in particular through the re-opening of crossing points for the movement of people and goods.
The Government agree with those who state that the effective isolation of Gaza constitutes collective punishment and is illegal under international humanitarian law.
Ireland also raised the situation in Gaza during the Universal Periodic Review of Israel at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 4 December, calling on Israel to respect its obligations under international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law. 
Ireland, Dáil Eireann (House of Deputies), Minister for Foreign Affairs, Written Answers –Human Rights Issues (3), Dáil Eireann debate Vol. 670 No. 1, 9 December 2008.