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Rita O'Hare receives visa waiver to travel to US

28 June, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has welcomed the approval of a visa waiver for Sinn Féin representative to the U.S. Rita O'Hare.

Mr. McGuinness said:

"There was concern at the recent refusal of a visa waiver for Rita O'Hare. She has been traveling to the US for some years to ensure the continuing strong US support for the peace process. In the time ahead, all those elements of American support -- the White House Administration, Congress and Senate and Irish America will continue to have a strong and crucial role to play. We would like to thank those in the US who supported the issuing of this visa."ENDS

Note: Unfortunately a family bereavement has prevented Ms O'Hare from traveling to the US this week as planned, to meet with Congressional members and others in Washington DC and New York.

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