Calling All Irish

Happy St. Patrick's Day!Even though here in Boston,city officials and schools have the day off(thanks"Evacuation Day"), Washington D.C. is busy hosting Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams who has "called on Irish Americans to participate in the conversation about Ireland's future through conferences organized by Sinn Fein to be held on June 13 in New York and on June 27 in San Francisco."Tensions are high in Northern Ireland as a result of two soldiers in Northern Ireland whowerekilled on March 7 - the firstviolence thathas been a direct result of "The Troubles" in over ten years - and Gerry Adams is trying to use this moment to re-introduce the idea ofa united Ireland by means of strictly peaceful, non-violent negotiations. But he will needa lot of help.

Marianne L. Tierney is a PhD student in theology at Boston College.

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