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Chairman Menendez Statement on Saint Patrick’s Day

JERSEY CITY – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) released the below statement on Saint Patrick’s Day:

“I am pleased to join the Irish community in New Jersey, throughout the United States, and across the island of Ireland in celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, a day on which we embrace and honor Irish and Irish American contributions to Europe and North America’s cultural tapestries. From music to military service, Irish Americans have helped shaped the American story for centuries and continue to deepen the strong ties between our two countries.

“This Saint Patrick’s Day, we also look forward to next month when we mark twenty-five years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, a transformative process which has helped bring peace and prosperity to the island of Ireland. I hope all of my colleagues will join me in co-sponsoring my bipartisan resolution commemorating this quarter century.

“But the work remains unfinished. I am hopeful that all parties involved will swiftly adopt and implement the Windsor Framework, particularly to prevent a hard border on the island. I also continue to call for protection and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including the Stormont House Agreement. Finally, I urge the UK government to halt consideration of its Legacy and Reconciliation Bill, which would prevent victims and survivors of violence during the Troubles—and their families—from fully pursuing justice for the past. On this Saint Patrick’s Day, we must recommit to peace, prosperity, and justice across the island of Ireland.”



Juan Pachon