SPECIAL ENVOY APPOINTMENT SHOWS
PRESIDENT BIDEN MEANS BUSINESS
The ABC welcomes President Biden’s appointment of Joseph P. Kennedy III as a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. It is a sign of America’s interest in confronting British treachery and duplicity in the Irish peace process. Stated Chairman Corcoran: “We embrace the words of a civil rights advocate, the late Representative John Lewis, who proclaimed that civil rights progress required “necessary trouble, good trouble.”No less is required in the struggle for peace and justice in NI to expose and challenge 25 years of Conservative governments today undermining the GFA, burying the truth of killing of innocent civilians and repealing of human rights in NI.”
This appointment acknowledges that the State Department, long a bastion of British sympathy, may be part of the problem and not part of the solution to make the UK accountable. Some claim that the Envoy’s role should be proscribed limiting it to economic matters. That would certainly suit a Conservative government only interested in ‘perfecting partition’ not addressing the realities of their exit from the EU and Ireland’s re-unification and its’ need to cover-up the lawless legacy of killings in NI in the remaining two years of their tumultuous Parliamentary term.
“We particularly welcome an appointment that emphasizes not just political skill and experience but the unique passion and commitment of a family with a deep love of Ireland and its people”, stated Cummings. In October, 2019 Kennedy joined colleagues Keating, Neal and Cicciline sounding the alarm on Brexit and its potential negative impact on Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement in the Boston Globe. Clearly the legacy of concern continues.”