Anthony McIntyre had planned a book tour of the US to promote Good Friday, The Death of Irish Republicanism. In the Sunday Life his publishers relate the reasons given for the refusal of a visa.
The publishers said it was unlikely Mcintyre would be given a visa as long as George Bush was in the White House. A spokesman said: “The refusal is based upon his felony conviction. As he is not a politician going to the US on ‘peace processing’ business, he does not get a waiver to entry despite his conviction, as other convicted IRA members have.
He could apply again, but the likelihood of his being able to enter the States is slim to none, given both his record and the political climate. “We expect the status quo to remain in place.”