Statement of Cong. Neal on McGuinness – Windsor Handshake

 

The IAUC supports Congressman Neal’s statement and the events of today which would not have occurred without the vision and hard work of Irish republicans and committed activists striving for peace and justice in Ireland

CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL DEMOCRAT FROM MASSACHUSETTS

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

 2208 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515  www.house.gov/neal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2012    CONTACT: William Tranghese (202) 225-8410

STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON SINN FEIN’S MARTIN MCGUINNESS MEETING QUEEN ELIZABETH

Calls the gesture another significant milestone in the peace process 

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal, the senior Democrat on the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the United States Congress, released the following statement in anticipation of Sinn Fein’s martin McGuinness meeting Queen Elizabeth in Belfast tomorrow. For more than three decades, Neal has been a leader in the effort to bring peace and reconciliation to the island of Ireland.

As the leading Democrat on the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the United States Congress, I welcome in the strongest possible terms the announcement that deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will meet and shake hands with Queen Elizabeth for the first time at an event in Belfast sponsored by the cross border charity Co-operation Ireland. I applaud this expression of civility and respect, and believe it is another significant milestone in the peace process. It is also another powerful reminder that we are living in an unprecedented period in Irish history where the impossible routinely becomes possible.

For supporters of the peace process, a meeting between Martin McGuinness and Queen Elizabeth would have been unimaginable just a few short years ago. But times have changed, and we are now witnessing a new era of partnership where former adversaries now work together building a shared and more inclusive future. The Irish peace process has become a model for successful conflict resolution around the world, and tomorrow’s meeting will be another sign of genuine reconciliation and healing.”

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