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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Mc Dowell a National Disgrace



Opin: Mc Dowell a National Disgrace

And Only Threat to Republic

CAPITOL HILL. TUESDAY DECEMBER 13, 2005 ---- Irish-Americans are increasingly alarmed by the conduct of Justice Minister, Michael Mc Dowell.

" Just as we thought the bad old Blue Shirt days were over because of the Irish Peace process, now comes Mc Dowell to tell us they haven't gone away, you know", said Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus.

" I have received many calls from concerned Irish-Americans about Mc Dowell's assumption that he can abuse his Ministerial position to declare anybody guilty, to indict newspapers even before they come into existence and to leak police documents to the media Š and all in the name of National Security. Mc Dowell himself appears to be the only threat to the Republic", Fr. Mc Manus explained.

" One of the great dividends of the Peace-Process is that it ended the Civil War mentality, and also removed hostility between Irish-Americans and the Irish government. Prior to the Peace-Process, Irish-Americans had been very dissatisfied with the different Irish governments, which they had regarded as negligent on the North, and even complicit with British injustice against Catholics. But ever since Albert Reynolds, Irish-Americans have been pleased by how the Dublin government has worked for justice and peace in the North Š but now Mc Dowell seems intent on destroying all this, and casting a shadow over the admirable work of Bertie Ahern. Mc Dowell is a threat to justice and democracy in the South, and a menace to the Peace-Process in the North", Fr. Mc Manus concluded.

Father Sean Mc Manus
Irish National Caucus
P.O. Box 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. 20003-0849


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