Discrimination against ex-prisoners’ families a breach of GFA – McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the news that Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has written to the Chair of the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee asking that they engage with the US Embassy about young people, the children and grandchildren of former political prisoners here, being barred from travel into America.

Raymond McCartney said;

“The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee is currently undertaking hearings into ‘Legacy Matters’.

“The US Government played a central role in ensuring the delivery of the Good Friday Agreement; the ongoing transgenerational discrimination against young people whose parents or grandparents have conflicted related convictions is by definition a ‘legacy’ issue and the failure to address it properly is a failure to fully realise the spirit and the practical implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has written to the Chair of the Committee asking that  a dedicated piece of work is undertaken with the US Embassy in Dublin as well as the Consulate in Belfast in order to explore this matter further and get a clearer understanding of the reasons why many children born after the conflict are being refused entry to the US based on their parents’ past.

“A ‘post-conflict’ society should mean precisely that, ‘post’.

“The promise of peace and reconciliation should be afforded to the ex-prisoner community; but it must be assured for their children and grandchildren. They /we were promised a better future.”

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