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[HARTFORD, CT, November 16, 2020—] Irish Northern Aid has issued a statement supporting the consideration of Senator Chris Dodd as Ambassador to Ireland and calling on President-Elect Biden to appoint former Congressman Bruce Morrison as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

Senator Chris Dodd

Acting INA National Chairman, Rich Lawlor, today issued a statement on behalf of Irish Northern Aid commending President-Elect Biden for considering the appointment of former Senator Chriss Dodd of Connecticut as Ambassador to Ireland and urging the appointment of former Congressman Bruce Morrison as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

In his comments, Mr. Lawlor praised Congressman Morrison for his longstanding commitment to Ireland and Irish America pointing out that in 1990, while chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee, Congressman Morrison authored the Immigration Act of 1990 which, along with turning the focus of H1-B visa holders towards skilled workers, included provisions known as the “Morrison Visas” which resulted on an allotment of 16,000 visas to immigrants from Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.
Former Congressman Bruce Morrison
More importantly, Congressman Morrison was a key player and driver during the Clinton administration in achieving the historic Good Friday Agreement which ended years of violence in the north of Ireland. For too many years since, the role of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland has been minimal and at times vacant and the current conditions brought about by Brexit demand strong US leadership. The Good Friday Agreement provides for the people of the island of Ireland to decide the future of Ireland and Congressman Morrison is uniquely positioned to navigate the complex relationships and drive the necessary dialogue needed to bring about a Unity Referendum within the next five years.

Irish Northern Aid calls on all Irish Americans to advocate for and support the appointment of Congressman Morrison as the best person to represent the views of the United States and the voices of Irish America in Northern Ireland. Rich Lawlor stated that it is difficult to imagine a better team than Senator Dodd and Congressman Morrison to represent The United States in Ireland and Northern Ireland and President-Elect Biden is strongly urged to appoint them.

Irish Northern Aid is a 501c3 charitable organization. Since 1970, the Irish Northern Aid Committee has been at the forefront in support of the struggle for freedom, justice, and self-determination for all the people of Ireland. The Hartford unit is an active group, supporting the Bobby Sands Memorial Trust for the upkeep of the only memorial in the United States to the 1981 hunger strikers located in Hartford, CT. The unit meets monthly on the third Friday of each month at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury, CT.

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