New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s roll-out of the Martin McGuinness Principles on April 19th was more than a super-success. With group and individual endorsements increasing, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and New York City’s Brehon Law Society are spearheading this dynamic program to promote the legacy of the late Martin McGuinness by pursuing U.S. support for Equality, Respect, Truth, and Self-determination in the North of Ireland.
McGuinness’ sons, Emmet and Fiachra, underscored the present need for such an American effort. Comptroller DiNapoli, Hunter College President Jennifer Raab, Brehons President Jennifer Frankola, AOH National Treasurer Sean Pender, and author Malachy McCourt all indicated that the provisions and promises of the Good Friday Agreement must be fulfilled and are needed now more than ever, especially as continued progress in the North appears to be under threat.
Martin McGuinness, by both word and example, was committed to the belief that unity in diversity is essential in a fair and just society. This ideal was clearly supported on Thursday evening. The announcement of Senator Chuck Schumer’s endorsement of the McGuinness Principles further heightened everyone’s enthusiasm. Certainly there was an obvious sense of momentum among all present; a feeling that with the launch of the campaign to gather support for the McGuinness Principles, we were participating in the start of a campaign, not just in New York, but spreading throughout America. More to come!
AOH Past National President
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