‘Concrete action needed’ after historic Palestine announcement – MacManus

Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands-North-West, Chris MacManus, has welcomed the recognition of Palestinian statehood by Ireland.

MacManus, a member of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Palestine, emphasised that this announcement must be followed by “concrete actions” from the Government to hold Israel accountable and ensure full adherence to international law.

“I want to commend all of those who have campaigned for this over many decades. The recognition of Palestinian statehood by Ireland must be the first step in the Government playing a leading role internationally”.

McManus continued, saying, “The Government must follow this announcement by utilising every tool at their disposal to hold Israel to account and to demand full adherence to international law”.

MacManus also pointed to the broader implications of this recognition, suggesting that it should prompt a re-evaluation of support within the European Union: “This announcement also serves as an opportunity for Fine Gael MEP candidates to renounce their support for Ursula von der Leyen in her pursuit of a second term as president of the European Commission, given how her handling of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has severely damaged the European Union’s credibility as a partner for peace”.