Posted By: July 06, 2024

 

May 2018. Rep. Boyle’s office.

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July 6, 2024

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING

Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus

CONGRESSMAN BRENDAN BOYLE (D-PA) HOLDS NEW BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TO HIS PROMISE ON REPEALING AND REPLACING AMNESTY ACT

Congressman Brendan Boyle— a long-time signed-up Congressional Friend of the Irish National Caucus— has sent us a copy of his letter to Prime Minister Starmer holding him to his promise on the King-in-Parliament Amnesty Act. And also a copy of this “Dear Colleague” letter, as it is known, asking Congressional colleagues to co-sign the letter, which has the deadline of July 11.

Copies of both letters below.

The Irish National Caucus applauds Congressman Brendan’s initiative and urges Members of Congress to co-sign this important letter.

Fr. McManus added: I like to tell Congressman Boyle that his father, God bless him, is from the second-best County in Ireland—County Donegal. (We all know which the best County is). But on a more serious point: it must be remembered that County Donegal, although it is the most northern County on the island of Ireland, is in ‘southern’ Ireland, not in Northern Ireland. Which tells you a lot about the artificial, arbitrary, gerrymandering nature of England’s plunder and mayhem in Ireland. And, secondly, it must be remembered that partition of Ireland, perpetrated on December 23, 1920, by the ‘King-in Parliament’ (that king, George V, being the great grandfather of King Charles III) not only partitioned Ireland, but also the proud province of Ulster, excluding not only Donegal, but also County Cavan and County Monaghan…Why were those three Counties excluded from the gerrymandered,  bogus, fabrication of Northern Ireland? Because—as the leaders of the British Empire and their Unionist/Protestant proxies blatantly admitted at the time—those three Counties had too many Catholics when they needed the artificial majority of two Protestants to one Catholic. And, now, the latest census shows there is a Catholic majority in Northern Ireland…As blessed Martin Luther King liked to quote, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’

And, now, it is time to, as Blessed Martin also liked to preach to build up The Beloved Community—in all of Ireland and in all of its historic Four Provinces. Time to end the mutilation and Empire hubris of England’s domination of Ireland—855 years is enough.

In solidarity—for, ‘peace is the fruit of solidarity.’

 

Deadline: Thursday, July 11 at COB

Current Cosigners (x): Boyle*,

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join me in sending a letter to the recently elected Prime Minister of the UK, Keir Starmer, urging his government to adhere to plans to quickly repeal and replace the troubling Northern Ireland Troubles Act. The Troubles Act, which became law in 2023, has denied justice to families across all communities in Northern Ireland who were impacted by violence during the Troubles.

Prior to being elected PM, Keir Starmer’s Labor Party made the following promise about the Troubles Act in their 2024 General Election manifesto, “The Legacy Act denies justice to the families and victims of the Troubles. Labor will repeal and replace it, by returning to the principles of the Stormont House Agreement, and seeking support from all communities in Northern Ireland.”

In response to this unprecedented law, the Irish government launched an Interstate application against the United Kingdom before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

If you would like to cosign the letter, please do so using this Quill link. If you have any questions, please reach out to Gianluca Nigro (Gianluca.Nigro@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Boyle’s office.

Sincerely,

Brendan F. Boyle

Member of Congress

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Dear Prime Minister,

We wish to offer our sincere congratulations on your recent election as Prime Minister and the broad success of the Labor Party during the July 4th election. As you assume this critical role at a consequential moment in Europe’s history, we look forward to working with your government to strengthen the relationship between our two nations and improve the lives of our citizens.

We were pleased to see that in the Labor Party’s 2024 General Election manifesto released in June, you committed to repeal and replace the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023, “Legacy Act.” In that manifesto, it is written, “The Legacy Act denies justice to the families and victims of the Troubles. Labor will repeal and replace it, by returning to the principles of the Stormont House Agreement, and seeking support from all communities in Northern Ireland.” We could not agree more.

This law severely undermines the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement, the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland. As Members of Congress who understand and respect the pivotal role that the United States played in coming to this Agreement, we feel compelled to voice our strong support that your government remains committed to swiftly repealing and replacing the Legacy Act.

Since its passage in 2023, justice has been denied to families across all communities in Northern Ireland who were impacted by violence during the Troubles. The Labor Party’s 2024 General Election manifesto acknowledges this damage and the disservice to victims and their families this law has caused. Those who participated in violence during the Troubles must be held accountable. We urge your government to restore genuine paths to justice for the number of outstanding cases where evidence and potential criminal liability remain. Victims and their families, from all communities, still deserve justice.

Prime Minister Starmer, once again, congratulations on your election. We are hopeful that new leadership in Westminster will return to the values agreed upon in the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement and ensure victims of violence from the Troubles receive justice and perpetrators of crimes committed during the Troubles are held accountable. We look forward to working with you and commit to supporting this effort in any way we can.

SIGNED ….