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26 August 2015 U.S. Government Statement on  Northern Ireland Dialogue    “The United States encourages all of Northern Ireland’s parties to continue to engage in dialogue to sustain and improve the functioning of Northern Ireland’s government.  We strongly support Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions created by the Good Friday Agreement and St. Andrews Agreement”

12 March 2015 U.S Government Statement on Stormont House Agreement    "The United States Government continues to strongly support the Stormont House Agreement of 23 December 2014 and urge all parties to reach an understanding on the scope of the Agreement as it applies to welfare payments to citizens of Northern Ireland so that a successful series of meetings planned for St. Patrick's Day can go forward as planned in Washington."


23 December 2014 Kerry on Success of Northern Ireland Talks

21 October 2014 Kerry on New Representative for Northern Ireland Issues

16 October 2014 State Dept. on New Round of Talks in Northern Ireland  The United States welcomes today’s launch of a new round of talks by the parties in Northern Ireland, facilitated by the United Kingdom and Ireland.

14 March 2014 Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Northern Ireland   Vice President Biden met today with the leaders of the Northern Ireland Executive, First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.  The Vice President commended the leaders for the remarkable progress achieved since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and 2007 St. Andrews Agreement.  The Vice President also stressed the importance of Northern Ireland continuing to move forward toward a shared future of peace and prosperity for all.

14 March 2014  U.S. Goverment Statement on the death of Lord Balleyedmond    The United States was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Lord Ballyedmond and others as a result of a helicopter accident in Norfolk, England.

24 January 2014 Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O'Brien to Lead First U.S. Partnership Opportunity Delegation to Ireland, Northern Ireland   Secretary of State Kerry’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien will lead a delegation of U.S. investors, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, members of the Irish diaspora, and representatives from academia and civil society to Limerick, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland January 27 – 30 as part of a new public-private State Department initiative, Partnership Opportunity Delegations

16 January 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron (via    The two leaders also discussed the results of the all-party talks among Northern Ireland’s political parties and they stressed the need for Northern Ireland’s political parties to agree to concrete next steps on the Haass proposals, implement the Building a United Community initiative, and more broadly, continue to advance progress on the peace process in Northern Ireland. President Obama also updated the Prime Minister on the ongoing U.S. signals intelligence review and both leaders noted the intensive dialogue that the United States and United Kingdom have had on these issues, at all levels.


31 December 2013  White House on News from Northern Ireland All-Party Talks   "We are disappointed that Northern Ireland’s political leaders did not conclude an agreement today. ... We believe that the draft text produced through the All-Party process represents real progress and makes a valuable contribution. We urge Northern Ireland’s political leaders to continue to work together to build on this progress, including implementing the proposals where consensus already exists and as it emerges in all three areas: parades, flags and emblems, and contending with the legacy of the past."

29 December 2013 Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the All-Party Talks in Northern Ireland

25 November 2013 U.S. Department of State Statement on Recent Violence in Northern Ireland  "The United States condemns the recent cowardly acts of violence in Northern Ireland and reiterates its continued support for those who are working to build a stronger society, a vibrant economy, and an enduring peace".

15 July 2013 Readout of the Vice President Biden's Calls on Support for Building a United Community in Northern Ireland  The Vice President spoke with First Minister Robinson and Deputy First Minister McGuinness of Northern Ireland today to welcome the launch of an All-Party Group process to address sensitive issues such as parades and protests; flags, symbols and emblems; and dealing with the past.  Underscoring the importance of the All-Party process, the Vice President expressed his deep concern at parade-related violence and attacks on police, and supported calls for calm and respect for rule of law.

17 June 2013 Fact Sheet:  U.S. Support for Northern Ireland Peace and Prosperity    

09 May 2013 U.S. Government Statement on Northern Ireland Executive commitment to Shared Future

28 March 2013 Statement by President Obama on the 15th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement  "As Easter approaches, we mark the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.  The people of Northern Ireland and their leaders have traveled a great distance over the past fifteen years. … On behalf of the American people, I salute the people and leaders of Northern Ireland and the model they have given to others struggling toward peace and reconciliation around the world."

28 March 2013 Secretary Kerry on the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement  "The United States congratulates the people of Northern Ireland as we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The courage, conviction, and hard work of leaders and communities over the past 15 years in implementing the Agreement and securing subsequent agreements have led to a more peaceful and vibrant Northern Ireland."

15 March 2013 Secretary Kerry On the Occasion of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland 

21 January 2013 Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Leading Trade Unionist Inez McCormack  "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend, Inez McCormack. For decades, Inez promoted peace and reconciliation in her beloved Northern Ireland and around the world. She challenged women and men to find a way to put aside their differences, move past hurt and anger, and work together to end violence and build a fair and lasting peace. It was a tremendous challenge, but Inez met it with joy."


07 December 2012 Clinton Calls for More Work to Consolidate Northern Ireland Peace  Speaking in Belfast Clinton said the murder of a prison officer in November, recent assaults on police and citizens and threats against elected officials are “sad reminders” that there are still people trying to destroy the peace.

07 December 201 Clinton at Lunch Hosted by The Ireland Funds 

07 December 2012 Secretary Clinton's  Remarks With First Minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness.
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03 December 2012 Background Briefing: Senior State Department Officials En Route to Prague   "Finally, we’ll go on to Belfast. You all know of the Secretary’s longstanding personal commitment to peace in Northern Ireland, everything she’s done over the past two decades on that score, and this will be an opportunity – she will meet with the First Minister, the Deputy Minister, and hear from them on the progress they’ve made recently on devolution and on peace and on economic advancement in Northern Ireland. "

29 November 2012 Secretary Clinton to Travel to the Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, and Northern Ireland

02 November  2012 Secretary Clinton on the Murder of Northern Ireland Prison Service Officer

14 September 2012 Women in Law and Business Conference at the Law Society of Northern Ireland   Remarks by Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, via video stream, Washington, DC

30 April 2012 Secretary Clinton's Message for OSCE Northern Ireland Event  

20 March 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson Before Their Meeting 

19 March 20120 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuiness before Their Meeting   

19 January 2012 True Leaders Are Active Global Citizens   Ambassador Susman's op-ed in today's Irish News.  The Ambassador is on a two-day visit to Northern Ireland where he will meet business and political leaders as well as students at Queen’s University.


22 August 2011 Northern Ireland Alumni Recognized for Human Rights Role in Northern Ireland 

24 May 2011  Remarks by President Obama at Irish Celebration, Dublin

11 May 2011 Statement by Ambassador Louis Susman Resignation of Declan Kelly

02 April 2011 Statement by Secretary Clinton on the Murder of Northern Ireland Police Officer   The U.S. Government strongly condemns the appalling murder of the police officer in Omagh, Northern Ireland today.  The perpetrators of this cowardly act represent the failures of the past, and their actions run counter to the achievements, aspirations, and collective will of the people of Northern Ireland.

16 March 2010 Statement by Secretary Clinton on St. Patrick's Day
 • Presidential Proclamation--Irish-American Heritage Month, 2011



20 October 2010  Northern Ireland’s Leaders Meet with U.S. Investors  New investment in Northern Ireland by U.S. corporations brings with it new jobs and opportunities for people, particularly young people, says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

19 October 2010 Secretary Clinton Provides Remarks at U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference

18 October  2010 Secretary Clinton to Host the US-Northern Ireland Economic Conference October 19   Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the U.S.-Northern Ireland Economic Conference on Tuesday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m. The event brings together high-level executives of U.S. corporations currently or potentially invested in Northern Ireland and encourages increased economic activity in support of the peace process. Joining Secretary Clinton at the Conference will be Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

15 June 2010 Statement by Dept. of State spokesman On The Publication of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry Report

16 March 2010 Northern Ireland Offers Perspective for Mideast Peace Efforts  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States is seeking the “full commitment” of Israelis and Palestinians to peace efforts, and visiting Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin said the developing peace process in Northern Ireland offers the two sides a “useful template” for conflict resolution.

09 March 2010 Remarks to the Press by Philip Crowley Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs on Northern Ireland Assembly Vote on Devolution

05 February 2010 State Department background briefing on Northern Ireland

05 February 2010 Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Northern Ireland Agreement on Policing and Justice

05 February 2010 Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on the Situation in Northern Ireland

05 February 2010 Statement by Ambassador Louis B. Susman on Northern Ireland Agreement on Policing and Justice

12 January 2010 Statement by Secretary Clinton on the January 8 attack on PSNI office  “The United States strongly condemns this morning's bombing that critically wounded a serving member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. My thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family.”


23 November 2009 Bipartisan U.S. Congress Statement on Dissident Attacks  Statement of the Congressional Friends of Ireland and Co-chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs on the dissidents attacks in Northern Ireland.

12 October 2009 Address of Secretary Clinton to Full Session of the Northern Ireland Assembly

27 June 2009 Statement by Secretary Clinton on Decommissioning  "We welcome the statements today from the main unionist groups in Northern Ireland regarding the decommissioning of their weapons. The announcements underscore the remarkable progress that has taken place in Northern Ireland over the years."

17 March 2009 Obama Welcomes Ireland's Prime Minister to White House  In an enduring American tradition, President Obama welcomed Ireland's prime minister, Brian Cowen, to the White House for a St. Patrick's Day celebration honoring close historical ties and shared global challenges facing both nations.
 • Remarks by President Obama, Irish Prime Minister Cowen

17 March 2009 Remarks With Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Before Their Meeting  Secretary Clinton: Well, I’m delighted to welcome Gerry Adams to the State Department.

17 March 2009 Secretary of State Clinton And Northern Ireland Secretary of State Shaun Woodward Before Their Meeting

17 March 2009 Secretary Clinton Remarks With Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

16 March 2009 Remarks with Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin After Their Meeting  Secretary Clinton:I am delighted to welcome the foreign minister here today. I know this comes a little early, but, Minister Martin, I wish you and the people of Ireland and all people who are connected to the wonderful Irish history and traditions a very happy St. Patrick's Day.

08 March 2009 Statement on attack in Northern Ireland  The United States condemns the attack in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.


10 July 2008 Northern Ireland’s First Police Ombudsman a Seeker of Truth  As the first police ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Nuala Patricia O'Loan had an incredibly tough job: provide independent, impartial investigations of complaints of abuses committed by officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and its predecessor, the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

08 May 2008 Dobriansky's Remarks at U.S.-Northern Ireland Investment Conference Gala Dinner

07 May 2008 Dobriansky's Remarks at U.S.-Northern Ireland Investment Conference Reception

10 April 2008 Statement by Sean McCormack on the 10th Anniversary of Good Friday Agreement  "The U.S. congratulates the people of Northern Ireland on the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. We recognize and applaud the many positive steps forward over the past 10 years that have led to a peaceful, more prosperous Northern Ireland, where local leaders from each community are governing together and achieving a brighter future for generations to come."

05 March 2008 A Message from the Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs and the Special Envoy on Northern Ireland Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky to Dr. Ian Paisley

20 February 2008 Special Envoy Dobriansky Leading Investment Mission to Northern Ireland  President Bush’s Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, will lead a mission to Belfast, Northern Ireland, February 25-26. She will be joined by President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation Robert Mosbacher, the Department of Treasury’s representative in Europe Barbara C. Matthews, and by representatives from the U.S. private sector.


07 December 2007 President Bush Meets with First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness

14 November 2007 President Bush to Welcome First Minister of Northern Ireland Dr. Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to the White House

13 November 2007 Statement by Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland on decommissioning

09 October 2007 Statement by U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, Paula Dobriansky, on the issue of UDA Decommissioning

15 August 2007 Statement from U.S. Consul General Dean Pittman at an interdenominational service in Omagh on the ninth anniversary of the Omagh bombing

28 June 2007 Under Secretary Dobriansky Hosts Northern Ireland Ministers and U.S. Business Leaders to Discuss Investment in Northern Ireland

22 June 2007 Statement from Under Secretary of State and Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, Paula Dobriansky

21 June 2007 U.S. Consul General in Belfast Hosts Gathering For Families of the Disappeared  U.S. Consul General Dean Pittman acknowledged the plight of families of the disappeared during a gathering at his residence in Ardnavally, South Belfast today. The event formed part of the Day of Private Reflection, an initiative proposed by the Healing through Remembering (HTR) project, to acknowledge and reflect on the hurt caused by conflict in Northern Ireland.

07 June 2007 U.S. Special Envoy Visits Northern Ireland  Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs and Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Paula Dobriansky met with political leaders, victims groups, business and community leaders, beneficiaries of the International Fund for Ireland, and staff and students at Rowallane Integrated School.

08 May 2007 Convening of Northern Ireland Assembly an "Important Moment"  The Bush administration welcomes the convening of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government, which marks the end of direct rule from London and raises hopes for a permanent, peaceful coexistence between Northern Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant communities.

07 May 2007 President Bush's Message on the Restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly

03 May 2007 Statement by U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky, following the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) announcement to end all paramilitary activity

09 March 2007 Statement by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack on the Northern Ireland Elections

09 March 2007 Visit of Prime Minister Ahern of Ireland to Washington

30 January 2007 Statement from the U.S. Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland Peace Process Mitchell Reiss  Special Advisor for Northern Ireland Mitchell B. Reiss visited Northern Ireland, to meet with Northern Ireland political parties and British officials and review the implementation of the St. Andrews Agreement.

23 January 2007 Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky Designated Special Envoy on Northern Ireland

08 January 2007 Statement from U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, on the passing of David Ervine

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