Sinn Féin Leadership in Washington & New York for St. Patrick’s Day meetings & events

For nearly a week, hundreds of Irish politicians, artists, and community leaders made Washington, D.C., their home for the annual celebration of the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin Representative to North America, Ciarán Quinn spent the week meeting with United States congressional Representatives, Senators, members of the State Department, the National Security Council, Labor leaders and many others.

They were joined on the visit by First Minister and Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill, and Minister for the Economy, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy MLA.

It was an historic week as it was the first time a Nationalist First Minister visited the US as a head of state, and it made for many memorable moments. 

Sinn Féin leadership took every opportunity to articulate the need for greater attention and planning for the conversation about Irish unity. From offices on the Hill to community meetings of labor leaders and supporters, it is clearer than ever that the time to plan is right now. Polling, voting trends, demographics, and election outcomes all point to a desire for clarity about the how of Irish unity.

Additionally, in every meeting and at every opportunity, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill shared their insight and experience with peace processes and offered any assistance that could prove helpful in the unequivocal push for an immediate full, permanent ceasefire and for the renewal of a peace process that can deliver a just settlement, Palestinian statehood and a secure Israel. 

The connection between Ireland and the United States is unlike any other, and it is stronger than ever. This week in D.C. and New York proved once again that support is a key part of the growing momentum for change as the conversation on Irish unity deepens. The US will continue to be important for political progress and economic success across the island.

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