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November 07, 2005

US State Department Should Reconsider SF Fundraising Ban

Irish American Unity Conference
National Office
611 Pennsylvania Ave, SE #4150
Washington, D.C. 20003



Washington, D.C. November 7, 2005 - The Irish American
Unity Conference (IAUC) calls on the United States
government not to apply fundraising sanctions against Sinn
Fein’s Gerry Adams during his upcoming US trip. It has
been reported that the US State Department might use
fundraising issues as leverage on Sinn Fein to join the
northern Irish Police Board.

National IAUC President Dr. Robert C. Linnon said: "An
attempt by the State Department to strong-arm Gerry Adams
into signing up to the Policing Service of Northern Ireland
(PSNI) would be both ill advised and counterproductive. At
this time the majority of Irish nationalists are still
deeply hostile towards the police force.

“The United States should be rewarding those who have built
peace. In that regard, Gerry Adams has delivered in
spades. The US should also be urging Ian Paisley's
Democratic Unionist Party to enter political negotiations
in the framework of the Good Friday Agreement."

Dr. Linnon said: "The US should only play the role of
honest broker in Northern Ireland if it wants to be seen as
operating impartially. The US should not be overplaying
its hand.

"The United States would be sending out a negative message
‘that responding politically does not bring rewards’. This
is a message that only would give comfort to those prefer
non-democratic means of resolving issues.

“Gerry Adams has made it clear he would not travel to the
USA if attempts are made to restrict his fundraising. Yet,
we believe that Sinn Fein could raise just as much money at
the scheduled upcoming events whether Adams is present or

Dr. Linnon concluded: “The ultimate result of this hard-
ball attitude would be negligible. However, the carefully
fostered position of the US government, as a facilitator
for peace, would be irreparably damaged."

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Contact: Deanna Turner,
Director of Communications

Irish American Unity Conference
National Office
611 Pennsylvania Ave, SE #4150
Washington, D.C. 20003

Press Officer: Jay Dooling
email: or

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the end of British colonial occupation and the peaceful
reunification of Ireland. We endeavor to achieve these
goals by working through the American democratic process.
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