Fr. Mc Manus Speaks at AFL-CIO Headquarters

Posted By: July 08, 2015



John Sweeney introducing Fr. Mc Manus.
Fr. Mc Manus and John Sweeney
CAPITOL HILL. JULY 7, 2015— The Irish National Caucus has had a long association with the AFL-CIO. It began in February 1975 when the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO invited Fr. Sean Mc Manus to Bal Harbor, Florida  to brief the Executive Council on Northern Ireland.
At that event, the Executive Council endorsed the Irish National Caucus, which Fr. Mc Manus founded just a year previously, on February 6, 1974.

At the personal invitation of President Richard Trumka, Fr. Mc Manus was back at the AFL-CIO headquarters on July 7, 2015, speaking about his Memoirs: My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland… And The Holy Land. (2014 New Edition).

Fr. Mc Manus said: “ I was deeply honored to be invited to speak by President Trumka. And I was doubly honored to be introduced by my long time friend John Sweeney, who was AFL-CIO President from 1995- 2009.
I shall forever be grateful for the courage, steadfastness and solidarity of the AFL-CIO. When many were scared of standing up for Irish justice, the AFL-CIO stayed strong and true. In 1985 the Executive Council again invited me to brief them— this time on the Mac Bride Principles. The Executive Council was the first major group to endorse the Principles. God bless them for that.”
In his introductory remarks, Mr. Sweeney said that all agree that Ireland has greatly benefited from Fr. Mc Manus’s life-long advocacy.
In his speech Fr. Mc Manus spoke about the general Irish situation, the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy Land Principles. His lecture was accompanied by a Power Point Presentation  by  Barbara Flaherty, Executive Vice President of the Irish National Caucus and Holy Land Principles.Inc.