Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1985.
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if, when he last met the United States ambassador, he discussed assistance from American citizens to the Irish Republican Army.
I saw the ambassador on 28 June and our confidential discussion ranged widely.
I have no doubt about the United States Government's opposition to those who support terrorism. They have discouraged Americans from contributing funds to organisations supporting terrorist groups and have shown themselves ready to see action taken against those who break the law.
I thank my right hon. Friend for confirming the views of this country that no funds should be given by Irish Americans to the IRA. Will he make it clear that the attitudes and activities of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms. Short) in effectively supping with the devil in attending many meetings with supporters of the IRA in America and seemingly enjoying the hospitality of Noraid do not help this country? Does my right hon. Friend agree that these activities bring the Northern Ireland. I am sure my hon. Friend will agree that that is the right policy. Expenditure has been directed also to promote industrial development and to replace bad housing.
Will the Secretary of State take this opportunity to condemn the Provisional IRA and other terrorists for continuing their attacks on human life and property in the Newry area? The necessary investment in the Newry area cannot take place while the attacks continue.
I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. On 28 February nine people were killed in Newry as a result of a mortar attack. If we can extend law and order more effectively throughout the Province there will be a considerable saving of expenditure as well as of life.
I have no knowledge of or any responsibility for the activities of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms. Short). Anyone who goes to the United States and is in any way beholden to Noraid should be well aware of the connection with Sinn Fein and the IRA.