Clinton blunder in seeing Sinn Fein leader

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 March, 1995, 12:00am

IT'S not only the US dollar that has fallen so low: the US president seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel in a sickening political move to secure the Irish American vote. By raising Gerry Adams and his political (sectarian) party on to the world stage he presents him as the voice of Ireland.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sinn Fein, at the best of times, only musters a minute percentage of the vote. He may convince misguided, rose-tinted bespectacled Americans that the money he is raising will not be spent on guns and explosives but in the real world we know that these same 'donations' have been sent to the IRA for the past quarter century by NORAID.

The advice a Northern Irish 'professional person living in exile' would give Mr Clinton, and these gullible Americans, is that if they want to help the Irish peace process, financially supporting a terrorist organisation is not the way it should be done.

Financial support, however, would be greatly appreciated in the province channelled through the International Fund for Ireland.