More mixing of messages

A report in the Irish Echo, by Paul Colgan, has Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams calling on “whoever is elected U.S. president to ‘deliver’ on their commitments to support the Irish political process”… Mmmm.. Perhaps he should have told Bairbre de Brun what he was going to say?

Apart from the obvious hedging of bets Adams is full of quips, as ever, “Obviously, 2016 is an emotive date for republicans and nationalists, but I’ve never been taken up that much with it — a United Ireland could happen before then”.

Let’s leave aside the attempt to use the calendar as a ‘political’ argument, he’s already trying to pass the blame if he fails to deliver on that over-hyped possibility “If it doesn’t happen by 2016, people shouldn’t come complaining on Easter Monday because they’ll only have themselves to blame.

Setting down a deadline for such a move is in every respect, contrary to the Agreement – which Adams and SF are so publicly supportive of. Worse still, it is likely to be counter-productive.. unless, of course, the aim is to further undermine the pragmatic elements in Unionism?

The sequence Adams puts his party’s objectives points out where his priorities lie – “we have two big challenges. One is to persuade the British government that its duty lies in leaving Ireland. Secondly, we have to reach out to unionists.”

So much for the principle of consent, then.

And how exactly does Adams see his target audience in the US working to “put the ‘ending of the union’ onto the U.S. political agenda” while Sinn Féin continues to call for an “end to the use of Shannon Airport as a staging area for US forces involved in the occupation of Iraq“?

Answers on a postcard please.

  • Davros

    The Irish Independent reports Irish played a key role in victory, says President’s top Ohio aide

    ONE of President Bush’s key workers in Ohio, Grant Lally, chairman of ‘Irish for Bush-Cheney’, was exhilarated yesterday, saying the Irish “played a key role” in the election victory.

    Mr Lally, a New York lawyer with family roots in Galway, said: “The Catholic vote was very important in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and Irish Americans played a big part in delivering the popular vote to President Bush.”

    What will Gerry make of that ?

  • peteb

    “a New York lawyer” who is “chairman of ‘Irish for Bush-Cheney'”

    A ‘reliable’ source, Davros.

  • Davros

    Grant Lally

    An active member of the community, Grant has dedicated many hours of work with groups such as the Red Cross, Kiwanis International and the Bayside Historical Society, He is an active member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, the Irish Lawyers Association, the Steuben Society, the Holocaust Memorial Commission, and serves as Chairman of the Long Island Federalist Society, and on the National Board of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

    chairman of Irish for Bush/Cheney

    Election 2004: A case for President Bush
    By Grant Lally

    The 45 million Americans of Irish descent have a particular stake in next week’s presidential election. Whether our concern is policy toward Northern Ireland, international security and terrorism, or the domestic issues of taxes, job creation, and educating our children in healthy and challenging schools, President George W. Bush has stood with the mainstream of Irish America and led our nation through dangerous times. He deserves to be reelected.

    On St. Patrick’s Day 2001, within weeks of taking office, President Bush stood before the American people, with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at his side in the White House, and declared that peace in Northern Ireland was in America’s “national interest.” He then announced the appointment of his special ambassador for the Northern Ireland peace process, a position currently held by one of the State Department’s top officials, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss.

    The work of the Northern Ireland peace process has not been easy, but we have made real progress in four years. The second round of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly was held, and mutual disarmament has resulted in the dismantling of dozens of British forts and watchtowers from Northern Ireland, and three acts of arms decommissioning by the Provisional IRA. Northern Ireland is at peace, and has not seen serious organized violence for over six years.

    And while there remains much to be done, President Bush has never flip-flopped about doing the right thing. When the Cory Report found official collusion in the murder of Pat Finucane, President Bush’s envoy called for an immediate and prompt public inquiry. When certain Orange Order parades threatened to provoke violence, President Bush’s envoy denounced them. And when loyalists threatened Catholic neighborhoods and schoolchildren, President Bush put them on the terrorist organization watch list.

    President Bush made an unprecedented two trips to Ireland during his first term, each time meeting with the political leaders of Northern Ireland. He has built a close personal relationship with the taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, which has helped both Ireland and America. On Ireland, President Bush is a defining figure — he has made U.S. policy on Ireland a bipartisan effort, institutionalized the appointment of U.S. special envoys, and made engagement in the peace process the standard for an American president.

    President Bush’s commitment to Ireland would be significant in any context, but in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2201, it is even more telling. The murder of 3,000 Americans in changed everything. The death rolls from the World Trade Center read like an Irish massacre.

    In the wake of these attacks, President Bush did not try to negotiate or reason with Al Qaeda or the Taliban; he moved to eliminate them. The success of our war on terror can be measured in the fact that in the three years since 9/11, not one single attack against the homeland of America has succeeded. We and our families are more secure today because President Bush moved decisively to crush terrorism, and to keep terrorists out of America.

    In contrast to the strong leadership of President Bush, his opponent, Sen. John Kerry, has too often stood for weakness and appeasement of the enemies of the United States. Kerry can’t defend his Senate record — of supporting the Communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, opposing the elected government of El Salvador, pushing for nuclear “freeze,” opposing the UN-backed coalition to stop Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, constantly attacking President Ronald Reagan, and generally undermining the struggle of the U.S. and free nations to win the Cold War.

    Irish Americans are the backbone of this country. Our hard work and enterprise has built our roads, bridges, and our great commercial ventures. The guiding principles of President Bush’s philosophy are that working Americans should keep the fruits of their labor, that taxes should be reduced, and that we should encourage people to own their own homes, businesses and investments.

    That is why President Bush enacted the largest tax reduction in American history. Bush fought to let working Americans keep over $1.7 Trillion in our earnings, rather than be taxed by the government. President Bush’s tax reduction is working to stimulate the economy, with job and productivity growth of 4.8 percent over the last year.

    By contrast, John Kerry, rated the most liberal member of the Senate, promises to raise taxes on working Americans. That is one promise we can expect Kerry to keep. Kerry has voted 98 times to raise taxes, which would have hit working Americans with $2.3 trillion in crushing new taxes.

    Our children are our future, and President Bush has made education the cornerstone of his presidency. The president’s “No Child Left Behind” initiative has improved student testing, school accountability, introduced early child reading programs, given parents more school choice, and established new scholarships for math and science students. By contrast, Congressional Quarterly has rated Kerry’s record on education as “thin.”

    We live in very dangerous times. Fortunately, we have in President Bush a man who has fought to defend us, while standing with working Americans to keep taxes down, create jobs, and to maintain our values and our childrens’ future. Irish Americans should reelect President Bush.

    (Grant M. Lally is an attorney and solicitor. He serves as executive director of the Irish American Republicans and is chairman of Irish for Bush/Cheney.)

    From 2002:

    Grant M. Lally served as national chairman of Irish for Bush/Cheney, and serves on the boards of the Irish American Republicans, the Institute for U.S.-Cuba Relations, and the journal Security Studies. He practices law in New York.

    Adams Cuba Trip a Fatal Mistake

    Grant M. Lally
    Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002

    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams’ decision to visit Fidel Castro’s Cuba was an insult to all Americans. But it was especially duplicitous toward those who have worked for peace and justice in Ireland, and Sinn Fein’s role in the Irish peace process is in jeopardy.

    While Adams’ actions may not ultimately damage the peace process, they have already seriously damaged his relationship with Irish America.

  • peteb

    Davros

    A simple link to the relevant article would have been sufficient.

  • Davros

    Is that a grudging acknowledgement that the Irish Independent wasn’t talking out of it’s ass ?

  • peteb

    Davros

    The reliable source was a reference to the chairman of Irish for Bush-Cheney.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Good digging Davros.

  • Davros

    Thanks Pat.

    It will be interesting to see who says what over the role played by the Bishops in the Kerry defeat.

  • ulsterman

    It was one southern Papist bishop that asked the CPapists to support Kerry.

    The Pope and the rest of the papist hierarchy supported supported Kerry.

    Kerry was stuffed in the election.

    God Save The Queen.

  • Davros

    That’s garbled nonsense ulsterman.