November 25, 2023
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald welcomes release of Emily Hand

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed confirmation that Irish-Israeli citizen Emily Hand has been returned to her family.

Teachta McDonald said:

“I welcome confirmation that Emily Hand has been released. The trauma and heartbreak that little Emily and her family have been subjected to over the last number of weeks is unimaginable. 

“I commend the mediators’ efforts, including the government of Qatar and all other neighbouring states, for the constructive role that they have played in securing the release of Emily and the other hostages, as well as Palestinian women and children who were imprisoned under administrative detention, who are finally reuniting with their loved ones today.

“I reiterate my call that all hostages be released urgently and for an immediate full ceasefire to be in place. Ireland must continue to be a voice for peaceful dialogue on international stage.”