Irish-American Concern About Failed Dublin Leadership Taoiseach Kenny Has No Interest in North

Posted By: August 21, 2014

CAPITOL HILL. Thursday, August 21, 2014 — There is mounting concern among Irish-Americans that the Irish Government is turning its back on the good work of previous Irish Governments on the Irish peace-process.

Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, has been alerting Members of Congress to the serious danger  of  Dublin’s neglect .
Fr. Mc Manus said: ” Albert Reynolds, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and John Bruton all were engaged, thereby helping to make the peace-process possible. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has demonstrated consistently, and quite blatantly, that he has no interest in the peace-process. Indeed, his persistent refusal to show interest indicates he may even have distain for  the Irish peace-process — the most important  and hopeful development since the partition of Ireland.”
Fr. Mc Manus added: ” This is not only the growing opinion among Irish-Americans, but also of serious commentators like Brian Feeney of the Irish News, Belfast, and former Irish diplomat Eamon Delaney “United States doing more for Irish peace than Irish or British ” (Eamon Delaney @irishcentral August 18,2014).
Fr. Mc Manus continued: ” Over the years we have had Congress put a lot of pressure on the British Government. Now it seems we have to get Congress put pressure on the Irish Government. How sad is that? Can anyone explain Taoiseach Kenny’s irresponsible neglect? It reminds me of what British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (Lord Salisbury) said of his nephew Arthur J. Balfour on appointing him in 1887 to be Irish Chief Secretary. Explaining Balfour’s unique qualification for the job, Cecil said it was Balfour’s ‘perfect indifference to what is said of him.’
Fr. Mc Manus concluded: ” Taoiseach Kenny’s perfect indifference to the Irish peace-process must be tolerated no longer.”