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Ireland should refer Israel to International Criminal Court, says Mary Lou McDonald

Ireland should take its case against Israel to the International Criminal Court, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou Macdonald has told party members, reports RTE.

Speaking at the Sinn Féin Ard Face in Athlone, he attacked the EU’s policy on the Gaza conflict and said: “when the European Commission gives carte blanche to Israel to massacre Palestinians, we say, no, never. They do not speak for us,” reports RTE.

She added: “The world sees Israeli actions for what they are. Barbaric. Hateful. Cowardly. War crimes,” reports RTE.

During today’s event, the party repeatedly distanced itself from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who controversially supported Israel in the immediate aftermath of the October 7 Hamas attack.

The party has called for the expulsion of Dana Erlich, Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, ahead of a vote on the matter in the Dáil next week.

On housing, Ms McDonald told delegates the party, if elected into office, would impose a three-year moratorium on rent increases.

Ms McDonald has pledged to bring thousands of empty homes back into use and use new technologies to build homes.

“The stark choice at the next election is between a worsening housing crisis under this government or a new government, led by Sinn Féin that will fix housing, once and for all,” she said, reports RTE.

On climate action, Ms Mcdonald attacked the government’s National Modernization Program, saying it had “no hope” of meeting its targets.

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