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Reaffirmation of US support for Irish rights and agreements welcome – McDonald

17 April, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD today met with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and the US Congressional Delegation.

In the meeting, Speaker Pelosi reaffirmed her strong support for the Good Friday Agreement and for the protection of Irish interests in the face of Brexit.

Speaking following the meeting, the Sinn Féin President said:

“I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and the Congressional Delegation for their strong support for Ireland as Brexit looms.

“The delegation reiterated their commitment to stability and progress in our country and shared our analysis of the clear dangers that exist should there be any diminution of our rights and agreements.

“Successive US administrations were instrumental in the building of peace on our island and in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement over twenty years ago. Those who seek to undermine our agreements, our peace and our rights would do well to hear what Speaker Pelosi and colleagues have so clearly stated during their time in Ireland this week.

“Speaker Pelosi’s explicit statement that there will be no trade agreement between the US and Britain should damage be done to the GFA shows the seriousness with which this threat is being taken.

“The protection of the GFA in all its parts is the bottom line and is non-negotiable.” 

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