Few diplomatic incidents from recent Irish history have weakened Ireland’s credibility on the world stage like that of Mícheál Mac Donncha’s visit to the West Bank.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin was initially barred from entering Israel due to his dalliances with the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, an organization whose members are taken to praising Hezbollah cross border raids against Israeli soldiers and its support for Hamas, the democidal rulers of the Gaza Strip. Mac Donncha, a Sinn Féin Councillor, managed to worm his way past Israeli customs officials by sheer luck. His full Irish language title, Ardmheara Mícheál Mac Donncha, was mistakenly taken as his full name on a customs interdiction order.
Mac Donncha at the Ramallah Conference. (COGAT)
Mac Donncha proceeded to enter the West Bank and attend the 9th International Conference on the Status of Jerusalem. In a bizarre interview given to AP following the…
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