Former UFC champion Conor McGregor hit out at Ireland’s prime minister for “downplaying” the kidnapping and possible release of an Irish-Israeli child by Hamas terrorists on Saturday.
McGregor branded Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar a “disgrace” after he used the terms “lost” and “found” to describe the abduction and release of 9-year-old Emily Hunt.
“She was kidnapped by an evil terrorist organization,” the UFC superstar wrote on X. “What is wrong with you and your government and your partners who pay for the media to constantly downplay/try to suppress horrible acts that happen to children . You are a disgrace.”
McGregor was referring to Hunt, who was abducted by Hamas terrorists from Hila’s friend’s home in Kibbutz Beeri in southern Israel on October 7, along with Hila and Hila’s mother.
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Varadkar had posted on social media after Emily Hand was reunited with her father, who was initially believed to have been killed in the Hamas attack.
“This is a day of immense joy and relief for Emily Hunt and her family,” the prime minister wrote. “An innocent child who was lost has now been found and returned, and we are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Our prayers have been answered.”
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X pointed out the Prime Minister’s position on context, writing: “Emily Hand was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on October 7. The use of the term missing is inappropriate and fails to emphasize that she was released as part of a hostage deal.”
Hamas captured about 240 civilians from Israel and brought them back to Gaza as prisoners.
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McGregor’s criticism of Varadkar comes just days after he blasted Irish leaders over their handling of a stabbing incident in Dublin that left three children injured last week.