Gerry Adams

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Gerry Adams

US visa

In 1994, President Bill Clinton found himself in a political bind over Northern Ireland, caught between powerful Irish-Americans in Congress and the British government over whether to grant a visa to an Irish Republican Army wing leader. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and 38 other members of Congress are strenuously urging the president to grant a visa to Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA political wing. The British wanted the visa denied. Adams and others from Northern Ireland had been invited to speak at a foreign policy conference at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. In the past, the United States had repeatedly denied Adams' visa requests, concluding that he is tied to terrorists.[1]

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