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Newsbriefs Gerry Adams to visit U.S. and Canada

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Ray O’Hanlon

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will visit the U.S. and Canada in mid-October.

During his U.S. visit, Adams will give a speech at Boston College, an institution that has been embroiled in controversy in recent years over invitations to Margaret Thatcher and David Trimble.

Adams is scheduled to begin his tour — designed for both fund-raising and dissemination of Sinn Féin’s views on the state of the peace process- – in Canada on the 17th. He will spend two days in Canada before heading for Boston on the 19th.

On Oct. 20, Adams will be in New York for a fund-raising dinner organized by Friends of Sinn Féin. He will travel to Washington, D.C., the following day. On the 22nd, Adams will be in Philadelphia and on the 23rd he will return to New York to preside over what FOSF is describing as a "community event."

Hamill, Hevesi for Moloney rally

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Author Pete Hamill and New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi are listed to take part in a protest rally on behalf of Irish journalist Ed Moloney outside the British Consulate in Manhattan on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. The protest, organized by the committee for a Free Press in Northern Ireland, will also include an address by attorney Richard Harvey of the Rosemary Nelson Campaign. For details, call (212) 353-8700, ext. 147 (days) or (718) 515-3126 (evenings).

O’Malley wins

Martin O’Malley, whose hobbies include playing with his band O’Malley’s March, will likely have less time for music in the coming years after he emerged from a pack of candidates to secure the Democratic nomination for November’s mayoral election in Baltimore, Maryland. O’Malley is seen as virtually certain to win the election in a city where Democrats control the bulk of political life.

Nelson, Finucane remembered

The showing of a BBC Television documentary on the murders of Rosemary Nelson and Pat Finucane will form the centerpiece of a day of commemoration on Wednesday, Sept. 29, for the two Northern Ireland lawyers.

The day has been designated International Day for Truth and Justice for Rosemary Nelson and Pat Finucane. It marks the first anniversary of Nelson’s testimony to a congressional committee in Washington. A few months later, Nelson was killed by a bomb placed under her car.

The documentary, "Careless Talk," will be screened at 6 p.m. sharp at Rocky Sullivan’s, 129 Lexington Ave., between 28th and 29th St. in Manhattan. Speakers to follow include Michael Finucane, son of Pat Finucane.

Mitchell honored by UN

Former Sen. George Mitchell, currently heading the review of the Good Friday accord in Northern Ireland, has been awarded another peace prize for his work on behalf of peace there.

Mitchell shared the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Felix Houphouet-Boigny prize with the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.

Mitchell said he accepted the prize, which includes a $127,000 cash award, with "humility on behalf of the many, many people who labored over the years to achieve peace in Northern Ireland."

— Susan Falvella-Garraty

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