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Reiss Pressed on Mark Thatcher Cautioned on Damage of Another Double Standard


Father Sean Mc Manus, President, Irish National Caucus • 20 January 2005

CAPITOL HILL. Thursday, January 20, 2005 — Pressure is mounting on the U.S. government to ban Mark Thatcher from the United States.

Father Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, has written to Dr. Mitchell Reiss, President Bush's Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, pressing him to make sure that the U.S. does not apply a double standard: "one set of rules for the English Establishment and another for Irish Catholics".

"What do you think would happen to a Black man from Africa (or a Catholic from Belfast) if he pleaded guilty to a coup attempt in England?
Do you think they would be allowed into the U.S.? Do you think they would NOT be placed on the 'no fly' list?
I have written to you before about how nothing infuriates Irish-Americans more than the double-standard: one set of rules for the English Establishment and another for Irish Catholics.
If the U.S. is not to be seen as applying a double standard, it surely must ban Mark Thatcher from the U.S., just as it has banned Irish Catholics with convictions against them.
Now that the peace-process is in such jeopardy, the U.S. must not be seen exercising a double standard by favoring the privileged and punishing the poor, like Ciaran Ferry. I look forward to your response."

Father Mc Manus, explaining his letter said, "I wrote to Dr. Reiss because obviously this issue has implications for the Irish peace-process, as it is about U.S. fairness and balance."

"And it is something Irish-Americans — like all other Americans — should have a say about. They cannot do anything about bank robberies in Belfast or about the behavior of the British government or Ian Paisley, but they can by right and duty have a say about their own government."











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