Statement on the
Situation in Ireland
March 17, 1988
Patrick's Day is a joyous occasion on which we celebrate the Irish heritage in America and the ties of
kinship, culture, and values which the American and Irish people share. The friendship
between our two nations, treasured for generations, will continue to be
strengthened by our shared commitment to democracy, justice, and peace.
is appropriate to pause in our celebrations today to consider the still
unresolved problems in Ireland. Northern Ireland continues to suffer
from senseless violence, which tragically we have seen repeated in recent days,
and high unemployment. We can best address these problems by supporting those
who seek peaceful settlements to disputes and rejecting those who seek
solutions through terror. Concerned Americans can help by refusing financial or
moral support to any Irish terrorists.
support the Governments and people of the United Kingdom and of Ireland in their work for
justice, progress, and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Our government
welcomed the landmark Anglo-Irish agreement when it was signed in 1985. It has
already yielded important results. As an expression of our continuing support,
the United States is contributing $120
million to the International Fund for Ireland to promote economic
progress and reconciliation -- the goals of the agreement. Reconciliation and
an end to discrimination in the workplace can best be accomplished in an
environment of economic growth. We therefore support economic development, the
creation of new jobs, and equal employment opportunity in Northern Ireland.
all Americans and people of good will resolve on this St. Patrick's Day to work
toward a future of peace and prosperity for Ireland.