CAMERON-OBAMA TALKS MUST ADDRESS UK POLITICAL FISHING EXPEDITION IN BOSTON COLLEGE ARCHIVES: IRISH AMERICAN GROUPS
ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS: www.aoh.com
BREHON LAW SOCIETY: www.brehonlawsociety.org
IRISH AMERICAN UNITY CONFERENCE: www.iauc.org
Washington, D. C., Philadelphia, & New York City
Three major Irish-American groups today issued a statement prior to the meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron. They appealed for the withdrawal of the British request for records held in the Burns Library of Boston College. The records are sought as part of a smear campaign against Irish TD Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein’s campaign in the most recent Irish General Election.
National President of the AOH Seamus Boyle stated: “In this post-conflict period we would expect Prime Minister Cameron to correct this mistake by withdrawing an invalid request for records which could not be part of a criminal prosecution and which was more likely aimed at interfering politically in Ireland’s election process.”
“While rogue elements of the RUC embarrass Attorney General Holder with this mischievous request for academic research,” stated Jim Cullen of the Brehon Law Society, “we hope the President queries Mr. Cameron’s refusal to provide the promised public inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Patrick Finucane by British security forces and the failure of Britain to fully respond to the Irish governments request for information about the British Army’s role in the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, which led to the largest loss of life during the decades of conflict in Northern Ireland.”
Thomas Burke, National President of the IAUC concluded: “When Prime Minister Cameron acknowledged Britain’s 40 years of lying about Bloody Sunday murders we thought a new day had dawned. Now all we can ask is: How long must America turn a blind eye to this history of violence and deceit in Ireland?”
The leaders joined their appeal with Senator Kerry, the Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations, in asking Secretary of State Clinton to persuade the British government to revoke this request so that we can continue the process in Ireland of building a true peace based on justice and respect for the rule of law.