An interesting snippet from Friday’s Irish News[subs not req], Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy, MP, MLA and Barry McElduff, MLA were forced to cancel a planned trip to the US last week after they were refused visas.. or, as Conor Murphy has it, “the applications were declined because they were unable to be processed in time” [of course they weren’t – Ed] Updated Link. Thanks, John.As the Irish News reported[subs req]
“I accept this explanation and I do not believe that anything political lies behind this decision,” [Conor Murphy] said.
A US spokesman said, “Due to privacy laws the consulate does not comment on individual visa applications.”
The Irish News also reports that
It is understood party leader Gerry Adams has applied for a visa to travel to the US for the event [a gala dinner next month in New York] on November 9.
However, Mr Adams is not believed to have received a response to his request yet.
[Perhaps Ruairi O Bradaigh’s visa application[more subs req] was unable to be processed in time as well? – Ed]