HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory was joined at a press conference on Tuesday, March 26 by County Legislators, members of the Suffolk County Behon Society, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Suffolk County Police Emerald Society, and the Suffolk County Fire Fighters Emerald Society to advocate for the McGuinness Principles as Brexit threatens to create ripples around the world.
Presiding Officer Gregory said, “With so many Suffolk County residents of Irish descent this issue hits close to home and as elected officials we have a responsibility to ensure their rights and history are preserved.”
Two decades ago the Good Friday Agreement brought to an end years of conflict within Ireland and created hope that the issues that had divided the country for decades would be resolved and result in unity. Twenty years later, however, several obstacles have prevented the full implementation of a Bill of Rights in the North as well as a Charter of Rights for all of Ireland.
Former Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians, explained that the McGuinness Principles seek to honor the principles and agreements included in the Good Friday Agreement: Self Determination, Full Equality for the Irish Language, Respect, and Truth and seek equal justice for victims of the conflict and the families.
Caption: Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, center right, joins Kate Browning, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Suffolk County Legislators, and members of Irish-American organizations to support and recommit to the McGuinness Principles.