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Dr. No Says No, Again
Dublin Wrong to Back Photo


Father Sean Mc Manus, President, Irish National Caucus • 9 December 2004

CAPITOL HILL — Irish-Americans are shocked (but hardly surprised) that The Reverend Paisley has said "no" again. But they are surprised that the Irish Government backed his unreasonable demands for photos of the IRA's historic decommissioning.

"Clearly the photos were to be used to try and humiliate the IRA," said Father Sean Mc Manus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus. "Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who has shown magnificent dedication to, and mastery of, the peace-process, should never have gone along with that impossible demand."

"Dr. Paisley has squandered a historic moment, which I pray can be redeemed. But if you spend your entire life preaching hatred and sectarianism it is not easy to have a death-bed conversion. Saying 'no" to God and people can become an unbreakable habit -- and I say this as one who has tried over the years to be kind to Dr. Paisley," explained Father Mc Manus.

"But Paisley's rejection, like Trimble's before him, surely proves that the issue was never really about decommissioning, but rather about Unionists inability to share power and accept Catholics as equals -- just as slavery and segregation in the U.S. was always about racist Whites being incapable of accepting African-Americans as equals", Father Mc Manus concluded.























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11 December 2004

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Dr No Says No, Again; Dublin Wrong to Back Photos
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