Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Ad-Hoc Committee for Irish Affairs, met with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. Today’s meeting focused on moving the peace process forward. Congressman Higgins has pledged to do all he can to engage the United States in helping move toward a unified Ireland.
“It was an honor to meet Gerry Adams, who has and continues to play a critical role in laying the groundwork for the peace process in Ireland,” said Higgins. “Gerry has worked and struggled for the building of a stable, democratically negotiated peace settlement for over 30 years. A pivotal breakthrough has come this summer with the IRA announcing an end to its armed campaign. I know that with Gerry’s leadership, a real and lasting peace will become a reality in a united Ireland.”
On July 28, 2005, the IRA issued its response to Gerry Adams’ April appeal to disarm when it was announced that it was ordering an end to its armed campaign and instructing all members to pursue objectives through “exclusively peaceful means” and to “not engage in any other activities whatsoever.” All IRA units were ordered to dump arms, and the IRA said it would work to put its arms beyond use as quickly as possible, making sure it would be verified by international monitors and two witnesses from the Protestant and Catholic clergy.