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Clinton Approves Visa for IRA Ally Gerry Adams

March 1, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ With the Northern Ireland peace process at a crossroad, President Clinton approved a U.S. visa today for IRA ally Gerry Adams, an administration official said.

The visa will let Adams spend his second St. Patrick’s Day in the United States.

Clinton’s decision followed agreement between the British and Irish governments to set a date for peace negotiations. In an olive branch to the Irish Republican Army, its political ally, Adams’ Sinn Fein party, will participate in the talks if the IRA resumes its cease-fire.

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