A few days ago, I posted a bog “A Tale Of Two Corrigans” in which I noted that Patrick Corrigan, top man in local Amnesty International, made a very public speech last Saturday, criticising American record on human rights and foreign policy and still managed to be in the VIP seats at the Waterfront Hall just forty eight hours later….to listen to the American President Barak Obama. Presumably it was by invitation.
I contrasted this with the treatment of another Corrigan…Mairead Corrigan, who actually won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her efforts with Betty Williams to bring Peace to Norn Iron.
The Nobel Peace Laureate was airbrushed out of the entire proceedings. Ironically the American President is himself a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
I do not know whether Mairead Corrigan was invited to the Waterfront.
I do not know whether she declined the invitation.
But I do know that while fellow Nobel Laureate Obama was making a speech name-checking John Hume, David Trimble, Rev Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams….Mairead Corrigan was standing outside Belfast City Hall….protesting American foreign policy.
It seems she is the wrong sort of Nobel Peace Laureate.
Mr Corrigan…as I noted here…has blogged his speech of last Saturday. On his blog, I asked whether he had taken the opportunity to mention his concerns to President Obama. His reply is now on his Blog.
A couple of days ago, Mr Corrigan contacted me via Facebook and asked why there was a delay in publishing his right of reply. Apparently he has sent a comment on my Blog. It has not reached me. Mr Corrigan has stated that he will re-send the comment when he has time.
Let me emphasise as I did in the original post that if Mr Corrigan chooses to comment, I will be happy to publish it.