10 February 2006

Adams in new bid for visa

Belfast Telegraph

By Chris Thornton
09 February 2006

Gerry Adams has confirmed that he will seek a fundraising visa from the US so he can seek donations while in Washington for St Patrick's Day.

His announcement could herald another row with US authorities, who refused to give him a similar visa in November, prompting the Sinn Fein president to abandon a trip to America.

That refusal came as the State Department increased pressure on Sinn Fein to support the PSNI.

Mr Adams ended up addressing the November fundraiser by a satellite link.

Friends of Sinn Fein, the party's American fundraising arm, say they will hold a cash-generating event in Washington on March 16 which Mr Adams would be expected to attend.

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