MALONEY JOINS PRESIDENT IN PEACE MISSION TO IRELAND
NEW YORK, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (Queens, Manhattan), a Member of the Congressional Caucus on Irish Affairs, joined President William Jefferson Clinton on an historic trip to Ireland this week, saying, “I strongly support efforts for peace in Ireland and I hope that our upcoming trip, with President Clinton’s leadership, will bring together all the parties involved in these talks toward the common goal of a successful and fulfilled peace settlement.”
Maloney supported an increase of more than $5 million this year for Foreign Operations Funding of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) which supports economic and social development projects in the areas most affected by the civil unrest in the North, with roughly 75% of the Fund's resources spent in Northern Ireland and the remainder in border areas of the Republic. The new resources mark an increase from $19.6 million in fiscal year 2000 to $25 million in fiscal year 2001. Of the money allocated for Northern Ireland, roughly 89% is spent in the most disadvantaged areas. Many of the Fund's projects are focused on areas suffering from high unemployment, outward migration of young people, lack of facilities, and little private sector investment. The IFI provides seed funding to stimulate private and public sector investment in those areas. The IFI seeks to encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland.
Maloney also spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in this 106th Congress, in support of House Resolution 547, expressing support for the Northern Ireland policing commission. Maloney supported this successful amendment, saying in her remarks on the floor of the House on September 26, 2000: “This resolution reaffirms our Nation's commitment to the Northern Ireland peace process.”
Maloney said of President Clinton’s work for peace in Ireland: “President Clinton committed himself to peace in Ireland early in his administration, he has worked passionately toward achieving that peace over the years, and he continues to enhance all endeavors for peace in Ireland through his careful attention to detail and his unyielding mission to build understanding and trust between conflicting groups.”