Adams calls for review of US arrangements for Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in New York just before walking in the St. Patrick’s Day march has again called for “the full normalisation of relations between Sinn Féin and the White House, and a review of the U.S. security arrangements for Sinn Féin representatives visiting the country”.
The Sinn Féin leader said:
“I want to welcome the letter from the Congressional members to the White House in which they express their outrage over the refusal to allow me access to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the White House on Tuesday evening.
“The constant additional security processes and delays which Sinn Féin representatives are regularly subject to has long been a cause of concern. We have raised it privately in the past.
“Yesterday my colleague Martin Ferris was delayed getting on his flight to Boston and when he eventually arrived on a later flight he was held for several hours.
“In the course of my meeting with the State Department on Wednesday, during which they apologised for the White House situation, I urged the administration to review their approach to Sinn Féin representatives visiting the USA and to fulfil the commitment of the Clinton administration 20 years ago to normalise relations between the US administration and Sinn Féin.”