RTE News

North leaders not to attend White House

02 March 2005 23:07

It has been confirmed that Northern Ireland political leaders are not to be invited to attend St Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House.

A White House administration official said the decision had been made to break with tradition, barring all parties from the event.

The decision was taken in the aftermath of the Northern Bank robbery, blamed on the IRA, which has plunged the Northern Ireland peace process into its deepest crisis in recent years.

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