Irish National Caucus

Working for justice and praying for peace in Ireland... WELCOME TO THE IRISH NATIONAL CAUCUS BLOG Ceade Mile Failte -- hundred thousand welcomes! We believe the U.S. has a vital role to play by applying a single -- not a double-standard in its foreign policies towards human rights in Ireland. In particular, we believe the U.S. must not subsidize anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. That is why the Irish National Caucus in 1984 initiated the MacBride Principles.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Decommissioning Will Real Real Problem

Decommissioning Will Reveal Real Problem
Refusal to Accept Equality.

Capitol Hill. Tuesday, September 27, 20005 -- The
final decommissioning of the IRA arsenal will
help reveal to the world what has always been at
the heart of the problem in Northern Ireland.

That is how the Capitol Hill-based Irish National
Caucus has reacted to the IRA initiative. Caucus
president, Father Sean Mc Manus, said: " Northern
Ireland came into existence in 1920 for a twofold
reason -- to ensure England would continue to
have a foothold on the island of Ireland, and to
ensure Unionist/Orange supremacy in the new
artificial state. In this way, British interests
were secured, and Catholic inequality

Fr. Mc Manus further explained: "The problem has
always been about the British Government
militarily backing up that sectarian,
undemocratic entity. Now that it appears, under
Tony Blair, the British government is no longer
interested in being identified with a sectarian
regime, there is a chance for the word to see
clearly the remaining problem: Unionist
reluctance to accept the concept of equality with
Catholics. That is now the issue, and there's no
way of denying it.

"But Tony Blair must do something else", Fr. Mc
Manus, emphasized to show his Government has
abandoned all sectarianism. " He must immediately
remove the ' constitutional' basis for all Orange
bigotry and sectarianism: the anti-Catholic
section of the Act of Settlement of 1700, which
is still in force today. Under this ridiculous,
but malicious, Act a Catholic is forbidden by law
to become the King or Queen, and that if the
Monarch converts to Catholicism or marries a
Catholic he/she forfeits the Throne and " the
people are absolved of their allegiance". That
would be similar to the U.S. Constitution having
a provision that would outlaw an African-American
becoming President or marrying a Black person.
And if the President were to marry a Black person
his election would be declared null and void by
the Constitution.

It is, therefore, this wretched Act of Settlement
that is ultimately behind all anti-Catholic
bigotry in Northern Ireland because it provides
Protestant /Orange extremists with motivation and
justification: If the very top law in England,
the Queen's own law, declares Catholics cannot be
Monarch, therefore it follows Catholics are
inferior, and, therefore, cannot be equal to

And the sad thing is that British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, until now, has blocked all efforts to
change this horribly anti-Catholic law because "
it would be too much paper work and too

Father Sean Mc Manus

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

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Alarm Over Orange Funding

Irish National Caucus Press Release

Alarm Over Orange Funding

International Fund Judgement Questioned

CAPITOL HILL. Thursday, September 22, 2005 ---
Irish-Americans are alarmed that the
International Fund for Ireland has given a grant
of a quarter of a million pounds sterling to a
group many regard as a front for the viciously
sectarian and anti-Catholic Orange Order ,the
Orange Community Network.

The President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish
National Caucus, Fr. Sean Mc Manus, said : "
Funding an anti-Catholic organization at any time
is bad enough, but at this time it is
particularly shocking, given that the Orange
Order is presently wrecking havoc in Northern
Ireland and inciting anti-Catholic bigotry to
destroy the Good Friday Agreement".

Fr. Mc Manus continued : " I had thought the bad
old days of American dollars subsidizing anti-
Catholic bigotry were over, and that the IFI had
cleaned up its act. This is a most troubling
development. I have taken it up with Congressman
Joe Crowley 9 D-NY), co-chairman of the Ad Hoc
Congressional Committee for Irish Affairs, who
has played a key role in bringing about an
increase in the dollar amount that Congress gives
to the IFI. It has always been a battle not to
have the US funding cut... this shocking
development will not help. Bad news about the IFI
is not what is needed at the moment,", he

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

Monday, September 19, 2005

Loyalist Violence A Backlash Against Euality

Loyalist Violence Is A Backlash Against Equality, Says US

By Michael McHugh
Belfast Telegraph. Monday, September 19, 2005

Irish America sees echoes of the anti-civil rights protests
of the 1960s in the recent loyalist rioting, the head of the
Washington-based lobby group has said.

Fr Sean McManus from the Irish National Caucus claimed
memories of the white backlash against the civil rights
movement among black people in America's Deep South had
been jogged by recent events in Belfast.

The loyalist blocking of roads and fighting with police has
been linked to deep-seated frustration about the peace

Some unionists have portrayed the Agreement as a stream of
concessions to republicanism but Fr McM! anus claimed their
reaction was in response to the introduction of equality
into local society.

"People in Irish America are seeing this through the lens
of US history and the problems with the civil rights
movement," he said.

"They will be conscious that once the movement started to
make progress there was a white backlash.

"The problem is that whenever there has been a system of
discrimination, anywhere in the world, where there are
attempts to change that, the people who saw themselves as
being in a privileged position unfortunately tend to think
that progress for disadvantaged groups means a reversal of
their fortunes."

Fr McManus said he was disappointed by the 'lack of
leadership' from unionist leaders.

"I find it remarkable that Reg Empey is now absolutely
breaking his neck to repeat the same mistakes of David

Sir Reg said: "It is all very well looking through rose-
tinted glasses! from 4,000 miles away," he said.

"We can pontificate but we have to keep in touch with
sections of the community which are suffering greatly.

"There are no excuses for what has happened and I abhor
that and have called for people to abide by the law but I
will not abandon those people."



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

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Unionists Lack Someone To Lead Them To Peace

Unionists Lack Someone To Lead Them Into Peace

(Susan McKay, Irish News) September 13, 2005

"You're not going to ballyrag me and say I'm
responsible," Ian Paisley said. "There's no use
picking on me," Sir Reg Empey said. We said
there'd be trouble and we were proved right, both
of these leaders of unionism said yesterday,
after a weekend of unionist mayhem on the
streets. "There's matters in the Protestant
community must now be faced up to,"

Mr Paisley said. There most certainly are.

Unionism has failed and failed utterly. Its
leaders have once again stirred up a gullible
people to a frenzy of hatred against their
Catholic neighbours and then sat back, content
that the Unionist family has been reunited. Love

In 1966, Mr Paisley prayed for power: "When the
fuse of true prayer is set alight with the fire
of the holy ghost and thus the gospel dynamite is
exploded, what tremendous results occur!" He was
in prison at the time, for unlawful assembly.

Three years later, the Cameron Report found that
this man "must bear a heavy share of
responsibility for the disorders". Last week,
nearly 40 years of ranting later, Mr Paisley was
warning: "This could be the spark that kindles a
fire there will be no putting out."

And so it came to pass.

What is wrong with the unionists?

Are they under siege?

Is the IRA attacking and killing them again? We
are betrayed, conspired against, abandoned, they

Our guns have been taken, our watchtowers
dismantled. The British have rewarded the IRA for
its violence.

The last straw has broken the camel's back.

Here is the grievance.

The Orange Order wanted to march through a
Catholic area. Local Catholics objected because
of past violence. The Parades Commission said the
order had to reach agreement with the Catholics.

The order said it couldn't, because it didn't
talk to terrorists. The Parades Commission ruled
that the march could go ahead but would have to
divert away from a short stretch of one road.

Cue dire warnings from Mr Paisley and murmurings
to the same effect from Sir Reg. The UVF said it
would force the parade through the disputed area.
Did the Orange Order come out and denounce this
offer of assistance from terrorists? Far from it.
Orange leader Dawson Baillie called the people
out onto the streets. If there was trouble, he
said, it wouldn't be the order's fault. There are
banners on the Shankill Road commemorating
Worshipful Brother Brian Robinson, who killed
Catholics for the UVF and marched with his Loyal
Orange Lodge.

In 1998, Mr Paisley warned the authorities that
they had better let the Orangemen march down the
Garvaghy Road from Drumcree. If they didn't, he
said, "anyone with any imagination knows what is
going to happen".

On the day Mr Paisley had designated as 'the
decider', loyalists murdered the three Quinn
children by burning them to death in their home
in Ballymoney.

Since the LVF broke away from the UVF in 1996 to
murder Michael McGoldrick to try and force the
Drumcree issue, there have been more than a dozen
murders which can be directly linked to the
parades issue. Now Paisley and his allies are
trying to turn north Belfast into the new

So out they came, the fools, with guns, blast
bombs, petrol bombs, stones and bottles. People
were dragged out of cars and buses and robbed
before their vehicles were burned.

Gunmen fired on the police.

The Catholics who haven't already been terrorised
out of places like Ahoghill were barricaded in
while their homes were attacked.

What tremendous results!

This is an atavistic rage. One member of the
loyal orders is reported to have shouted at a
policeman during the trouble last weekend, "Are
you a fenian in disguise?" On September 10 2005,
pikes were pointed at Catholics in Belfast by
loyalist militiamen. The Republic needs to wake
up. President McAleese means well but is she sure
that hugging a loyalist paramilitary leader in
Belfast is the right image for the moment? And
should a set-piece RTE interview with Mr Paisley
focus on trying to cajole him into admitting that
he's really a nice old codger underneath it all?
(He didn't). The IRA is about to abandon its

That is what is wrong. For all the DUP's talk
about the "new spirit" within unionism,

Mr Paisley doesn't know how to lead his people
into peace. Sir Reg doesn't either. What will
they do when the foe is gone? Who will the loyal
people of the Shankill and Glenbryn and
Harryville and Ahoghill blame for their poverty

Monday, September 12, 2005

Fr Mc Manuss Letter to NY Times

Fr. Mc Manus's Letter to New York Times

Monday , September 12, 2005

Dear Editor,

In your report on violence in Northern Ireland, "Protestants
Riot for 2nd Night in Belfast, Injuring 30 Police Officers"(
September, 12) you refer to the Orange Order as a "Protestant
men's organization". That's a bit like saying the KKK likes to
dress in white.

The Orange Order is not only Protestant but it is also a
viciously anti-Catholic, supremacist organization whose job
is to keep uppity Catholics in their place.

" Anti-Catholicism", is not about difference in faith and
theology, which by definition exist between different
religions(that's why there are different religions). Rather,
Northern Ireland anti-Catholicism is a socio-economic -
political system for oppressing Catholics. In the past 30
years so many things have changed for the better in Northern
Ireland but , unfortunately, not that profound anti-

Racism and sectarianism are two sides of the same coin.
They are the twin-evils of this world. And up until fairly recent
the British Government promoted both racism and
sectarianism in Ireland. And the Orange Order and many
Protestant political leaders still promote racism and
sectarianismŠAfter all, the Reverend Ian Paisley for years has
been the biggest Protestant vote getter in Northern Ireland
and his party, the Democratic Unionist Party, has become the
largest Protestant party in Northern Ireland. Paisley came to
power over the past 50 years by stoking the fires of anti-
Catholicism : by preaching that the Pope is the anti-Christ
and that Catholics must be kept at the back of the bus. And
for 50 years every time Catholics tried to go to the front of the
bus, Paisley and the Orange Order objected and took to the
streets, threatening, bullying and inflaming Protestant

Americans should be the first to understand the situation
because they saw segregationist in this country practice the
same baneful tactics for many years, only then the excuse
was defending " The Southern heritage". The Orangemen are
out to defend the "Northern heritage"

Father Sean Mc Manus

Irish National Caucus
P.O. Box 15128
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. 20003-0849
202-544-0568 (office); 202-488-5865(home)

Reiss Cautioned About Double Standard

Reiss Cautioned About " Double-Standard"

Irish National Caucus Press Release

Dr. Mitchell Reiss
Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
Monday, September 12, 2005

Dear Mitchell,

Welcome back from Northern Ireland. I hope your visit has
advanced the peace-process. Unfortunately your visit
coincided with the anti-Catholic Orange Order riot.

BBC quotes you as giving credit to Unionist leader Mr.Fred
Cobain for helping to restrain the rioters: "The US Envoy said
problems needed to be tackled by sustained hard work in
communities. 'What you really need is leadership, and
unfortunately in the last few days, we haven't seen very much
of it," he said.

However, he singled out Ulster Unionist Belfast councillor
Fred Cobain for praise for the work he had done over the
weekend and in the past weeks.

"When people do stand up and take a courageous stand and
exert leadership, they deserve to be recognised,' he said. (
Unionist leaders 'shirked blame'. BBC.NI Last Updated:
Monday, 12 September 2005, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK).

Like yourself, PSNI Chief Constable, Hugh Orde, also praised
Mr. Cobain for opposing the Orange violence. Yet the Belfast
Telegraph(and like the BBC hardly a Fenian -front) quotes
Mr. Cobain himself as follows : "Speaking after Mr Orde's
comments, Mr Cobain said that there is a "long way to go"
before normality can be returned to the streets of the city.

"I cannot refute what was said because I did not see it
happen," he said.

"I listened to Mr Orde's comments but as far as I see it,
Saturday was not all one-way traffic.

"He has concentrated on the professionalism of his officers.
Some of them that I saw were not acting very professionally.

"We are all to blame for what happened - I am to blame, the
police are to blame, the Orange Order, the paramilitaries,
even civil society.

"The violence was the result of the frustrations felt by a small
working class Protestant community who feel that the police
treat republican rioters a lot more leniently and see a
Secretary of State who lets a mass murderer out of prison for
political reasons.

"The PSNI does not seem to be in tune with this community
and that worries me.

"We have a long road to go down before this is sorted out."(
Order's Shock at Criticism. Monday, September 12, 2005).

I fear many Irish-Americans, and Members of Congress, may
be inclined to think that the Orange rioters will seek comfort,
if not justification, in Mr. Cobain's remarks... And this brings
me back to my old swan-song : THE DOUBLE STANDARD.
Unionist-- and often British -- leaders have historically had
one reaction to Unionist violence, and another entirely
different one to Republican violence.( That ,of course ,is how
the separate State of Northern Ireland came into existence in
the first place).

Is there really much difference between Mr. Cobain's "
explanation" of Orange violence and Dr. Paisley's? Dr.
Paisley said :"The Parades Commission are to blame for the
mess that has been created." (Loyalist violence 'is appalling'
BBC Sunday, 11 September 2005).

Thank you.

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

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Reiss Urged to Act on Police

Reiss Urged to Act on Police

Dr. Mitchell Reiss
Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Dear Mitchell,

On August 31, 2005 I E-mailed you an article from
The Irish News by Brian Feeney ''Ever get the
feeling no-one's in charge?"(Irish News,
Wednesday, August 31, 2005) -- about the
perceived double standards of the PSNI.

Mr. Feeney argued:"The PSNI response to UVF
murders has been wholly inadequate.

Let's hope Orde doesn't trot out the couple of
dozen arrests and pathetically small number of
house searches. It doesn't matter because they're
all released again through the revolving doors
they have set into barracks for loyalist

The point is that no-one has been charged with
any of the murders or any weapons recovered.

Far worse is the impression the PSNI and NIO give
that they are content to let the UVF get on with
it. That impression is reinforced by the public
collusion between the police and UVF hoodlums
during the unforgivable scenes in Garnerville
when the UVF expelled six families.

How will the chief constable explain the PSNI's
failure to deal with UDA gangs attacking Catholic
homes in north Antrim?..."

And I asked the question :"If a moderate like
Feeney thinks this about Orde, what do you
suppose Sinn Fein supporters -- and especially
young Catholics in deprived areas -- think?".

Well, now, I offer you an article that exactly
answers that question : 'Motiveless' is no reason
for no action " by Jim Gibney (Irish News,
Thursday, September 1, 2005).

Mr. Gibney, reflecting the Republican view,
argues that unless " the mentality " is changed
the PSNI could end up being "a mirror image of
the old RUC".

I feel it would be an enormous mistake to think
that Mr. Feeney and Mr. Gibney are both
misreading the situation.

If Catholics cannot trust the police the Good
Friday Agreement cannot work... And the onus of
proof is on the police, just at it was on the
American police ( and especially the FBI) 40
years ago visa vi the African- American
community. The African-American community did not
have to prove anything to the police. The police,
as public servants of the community, must earn
the trust of the community.

Good , impartial , policing is the acid test of
the good -faith of the British Government and
Chief Constable Hugh Orde... It appears it is not
too much in evidence.

The American government, and your good self, have
done great work in promoting the Irish peace-
process. I urge you to give proper policing in
Northern Ireland the attention it deserves.
Nothing is more important.

Thank you.


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


'Motiveless' is no reason for no action

Irish News. Thursday, September 1, 2005


By Jim Gibney

In late 1976, while locked up in Crumlin Road
gaol, I overheard the following conversation
outside my cell door: "Here Ronnie, your ma
couldn't make it up today. She gave me your
parcel. I left it in for you. You'll get it
later. Here's the list."

"Thanks mate."

Harmless exchange, you might think, until you
learn the person leaving in the parcel was a
prison warder and the recipient of the generosity
was a loyalist prisoner charged with trying to
kill Catholics.

The warder lived in the same street as the
prisoner's mother. He did not hesitate to bring
the parcel into the prison, the mother did not
hesitate to ask him and the prisoner matter of
factly accepted this neighbourly gesture.

Although minor, this story illustrates the
'special relationship' that has always existed
between this state's armed forces and loyalist
killers. Members of the police, prison service,
crown forces, live cheek by jowl with those in
the UDA, UVF, LVF.

They share a common purpose - maintaining
partition and British rule. This common purpose
is intrinsic to how individuals in these
organisations think and act.

This outlook determines the relationship between
this state's legal and illegal forces and how
state institutions deal with loyalist violence.

Loyalist violence is viewed as a reaction to
republican violence.

It is not seen as a threat but as a by-product.
The crown forces have a higher tolerance
threshold for loyalist activity.

This ambivalence means there are no military
installations in loyalist areas and few
checkpoints and leniency in the courts for those
charged sits alongside benign and misleading
commentary about this violence.

In recent months the PSNI have been using the
word 'motiveless' to explain loyalist attacks on
Catholics and nationalists.

Their RUC predecessors were fond of using this
word when the loyalist murder campaign was at its

It is a revealing word and says a lot about the
mentality of those who use it. The RUC knew and
the PSNI know that loyalist violence is not

Nor is it 'motiveless' on the part of the RUC or
the PSNI to use the word when commenting on
attacks on Catholics in Ahoghill, Short Strand or
north Belfast.

'Motiveless' implies the PSNI do not know what is
going on, that loyalists might or might not be
involved, that the campaign has no purpose, is
irrational. All of this is designed to cause

In their day this meant the RUC did little by way
of investigating the attacks or prevent them
taking place.

Indeed, the evidence shows there was a systematic
policy of collusion organised by the RUC's
Special Branch. The same Special Branch control
the PSNI.

So it is not surprising that this pattern of
complicity with loyalist violence should continue
inside the PSNI.

A variation of the 'motiveless' theme was the
explanation offered by Assistant Chief Constable
Paul Leighton when he said sectarianism was "an
element" in the loyalist attacks in Ahoghill but
people "not getting on with each other" was also
a factor.

Neighbours in dispute requires a different and
lower-key response from the PSNI to a campaign by
loyalists against Catholics.

It takes the sharp edge of the violence and
provides cover for it to continue.

Although ACC Leighton clarified his statement,
the fact that he made it indicates little change
in dealing with loyalist violence at the highest
levels of the PSNI.

There are other examples of this ambivalence. The
response by the PSNI and indeed unionist
politicians to the loyalist feud which has
claimed five lives.

The cozy scenes at Garnerville a few weeks ago
when hundreds of loyalists and PSNI officers
chatted with each other while the UVF evicted
people from their homes.

The failure of PSNI to do what is blindingly
obvious to curtail loyalists' attacks on

In the Short Strand recently they observed from
distance masked loyalists preparing their attack
on the area. They did not intervene.

It was this mentality which gave Johnny Adair the
freedom to behave like a 'tin pot' dictator on
the Shankill Road.

This mentality shaped and maintained the RUC as a
partisan force.

Its continuation inside the PSNI will shape this
force as a mirror image of the old RUC.


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

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Mad Mullah: Bordering On Reckless

Bordering on reckless

Irish Echo. August 31 - September 6, 2005 Editorial.

The increasingly bizarre behavior of Michael McDowell,
Ireland's minister for justice, is raising eyebrows on both
sides of the Atlantic, and even within the Irish

Thus far, most of his intemperate outbursts and crackpot
schemes have been attributed to an insatiable appetite for
self promotion. Such an approach, after all, is virtually a
requirement for the aspirant leader of his junior
government coalition party, the Progressive Democrats.

But his latest suggestion, that the authorities should
continue to prosecute people for IRA membership -- despite
the fact that the organization has stood itself down --
borders on reckless.

"The IRA remains an illegal organization because its
constitution is treasonable," McDowell said on Irish
national radio. He added that he expected the IRA to
decommission all its weaponry soon.

If it remains illegal to be a member of the IRA, one must
presume that anyone remaining in the organization, even for
the sole purpose of cooperating with the de-commissioning
body headed by General John de Chastelain, risks a jail

McDowell's motivation for adopting this position is not
clear. It is possible that he is locked in the past, unable
to grasp that the war in the North is over and we must all
move on.

Or he could be so cynical as to be willing to risk the
peace process so that he can pose as a hard man to some of
his old Fine Gael constituents in south Dublin.

Or perhaps he is simply a unionist -- all of his public
statements would indicate so. There would be nothing wrong
with that, except that one might expect an Irish minister
for justice to uphold the Irish Constitution, and with it
the quest for reunification.

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

Friday, September 02, 2005

McDowell Under Fire For 'Steering' Colombia Probe

McDowell Under Fire For 'Steering' Colombia Probe

By Cormac O'Keeffe
Irish Examiner September 2, 2005

A LEADING legal expert yesterday accused Justice
Minister Michael McDowell of interfering in the
garda investigation into the Colombia Three.

Professor Dermot Walsh of Limerick University
said the minister had "crossed the line" by
trying to steer an ongoing criminal probe. "I
think the minister has crossed the line, insofar
as he's maintaining a hands-on control of the
investigation in the Colombia case and demanding
regular accounts on that investigation from the
Garda Commissioner. It seems to me that he's
interfering in a specific criminal investigation
of individuals and that crosses the mark of
political interference in the administration of
justice," he said.

Prof Walsh, who runs the Centre for Criminal
Justice at the University of Limerick, said Mr
McDowell seemed to be "on a crusade" against the
Colombia Three and was determined to punish them
through the criminal justice system.

"He has used his position as Minister for Justice
by trying to steer the criminal justice process
in a direction that will achieve that result."
He said this was a matter for the Garda
Commissioner and the courts. The minister seemed
to be "riding roughshod" over the Constitution's
separation of powers between the Government and
the administration of justice. Prof Walsh said
the minister's statements could scupper the
prospect of any case ever being taken against
James Monaghan, Niall Connolly or Martin McCauley.

"Can these guys get a fair trial given the extent
of comment about their case, from of all people
the Minister for Justice?"

Prof Walsh's remarks follow reports Mr McDowell
had told a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday it was
"probable" gardaí would be travelling to Colombia
to pursue their investigations. An official garda
spokesman subsequently said the trip was only "an
option". However, yesterday he said it was a
"strong possibility". Unofficial garda sources
said the trip was more to do with "political
expediency" than advancing the criminal

Prof Walsh said the impression being conveyed was
gardaí were acting under pressure from the

Mr McDowell's spokesman yesterday rejected claims
of interference. "The minister is not steering
anything, he's just been kept briefed." He said
Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy told the minister
on Monday it was "probable" gardaí would visit
Colombia and he confirmed that yesterday.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Pat Rabbitte said the
"huffing and puffing" by the PDs on the Colombia
Three had collapsed and the sum total of the
Cabinet's deliberations was that "a couple of
gardaí may or may not be sent on a fool's errand
to Colombia".

DUP leader Ian Paisley described the Government's
response as "laughable" and threatened to break
off contact over the issue.

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