Posted By: May 08, 2013

CAPITOL HILL. Wednesday, May 8, 2013 —- As if further proof were needed,
a 1980 confidential telegram reveals  the British Embassy was deeply concerned by the effective work of Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill –based Irish National Caucus.

The telegram has recently come into the possession of the Irish National Caucus.
Dated April 21, 1980, it is written by then British ambassador, the late Sir Nicholas Henderson and disseminated to “Dublin, Belfast and  British Information, New York.” A hand written note, “ Prime Minister,” indicates it was also sent to Maggie Thatcher, then Prime Minister. [FULL TEXT IS GIVEN BELOW. CLICK ATTACHMENT TO OPEN THE TWO PAGE TELEGRAM].
The two paged typed telegram consists of a rant about how shocking it was that Fr. Mc Manus had been invited to the White House on April 11, 1980, to meet with President Carter as one of 150 fraternal and ethnic organizations for a briefing on international affairs, and then be addressed by  Zbigniew  Brezinski, National Security Advisor.

Henderson records how he did his best to have Fr. Mc Manus blocked, and disinvited. He also  — pulling the favorite British trick – co-opts the then Irish Ambassador, Sean Donlon, whom he says is equally upset and also intends to  complain to the White House.

Fr. Mc Manus said: “ If it is true a man can be judged by the enemies he makes, then I’m proud to have been seen as an enemy by both Henderson and Donlon.”
Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “ Isn’t it ironic that at very same time the IRA and Sinn Fein were also attacking me, and trying to put the Irish National Caucus out of business? … Ironic? Or another example of collusion?