Adams addresses US supporters

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been given permission by the US administration to fundraise for the party in New York this week. This follows Washington’s decision not to repeat last year’s ban.

Mr Adams is in New York for the annual fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Sinn Féin. Last year Mr Adams was forced to address the audience by a live satellite link from Dublin following an apparent attempt by the US administration to force Sinn Féin into supporting the PSNI police.

The decision was taken by the US State Department on foot of a recommendation from President Bush’s envoy, Mitchell Reiss. Sinn Féin said the ban on party representatives speaking at fundraising events in the US “has been lifted because of the extensive lobbying that went on in Irish America”.

Two other Sinn Féin figures are currently touring the US - see below for details.

In his keynote address tonight, Mr. Adams will make an appeal to republicans for maximum unity in the time ahead. The following are extracts.

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