Nancy Soderberg, Foreign policy adviser to Senator Kennedy



Talk about Ireland for a bit.


Well, our role with Kennedy was to put out these once a year, Friends of Ireland statements, which I ended up writing. Then when Trina came on board, she ended up doing them. They tended to say the same thing every year, but essentially, the Irish-American community was split between those who supported the IRA’s approach to things and those who were following the nonviolent methods of the SDLP [Social Democratic and Labor Party]. Kennedy had forged a support network in America for John Hume, and gave that as an alternative to the IRA, because he opposed the violence side of it. So every year we’d put out these statements about negotiations, condemning violence, and then the other group would do the same thing. So you had these dueling statements.

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