Yonkers City Council First to Endorse McGuinness Principles

(rear) Yonkers City Council: Majority Leader Michael Sabatino, Corazon Pineda-Isaac, Shanae V. Williams, Council President Mike Khader, Minority Leader Mike Breen, Anthony J. Merante and John Rubbo. (front) Aidan O’Kelly- Lynch- NY State Director, Charlie McGuinness President Division 16 Mount Kisco, Andy Hayden- Division One, Robert Stauf – Past President Myles Scully Division One, Kevin Ellis- President Myles Scully Division One, Dan Dennehy- National Director, Jack McDonald – Division One, Mike Morley- Aisling Center Man of the Year, Peter Van Slyck- President Police Emerald Society of Westchester and Brian Duffy – President AOH Westchester County

 

     On Tuesday, September 25 Yonkers City Council became the first major city to unanimously adopt the McGuinness Principles.

     The impetus came from Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Myles Scully Division One Yonkers and its president Kevin Ellis. The council meeting was attended by officers and members from national, New York State and all of Westchester divisions, as well as LAOH members, officers of the United Irish Counties, Hudson Valley Irish Center, Police Emerald Society of Westchester County, The American Irish Association of Westchester and many Yonkers residents. AOH National Director Dan Dennehy and Division One past President Bob Stauf testified for the McGuinness Principles.

     An AOH press release stated that Dennehy testified as a proud son of Yonkers. He recognized that the City of Yonkers has long embraced the rights of all citizens, including its large Irish American community.

     The McGuinness Principles seeks the same for all in Ireland, by instilling a bill of rights, language equality, justice on legacy crimes and self-determination through a referendum on Irish unity.

     Stauf then testified that Yonkers was the first City Council to adopt the MacBride Principles and had issued the first proclamation that Gerry Adams received during his first visit to the U.S. Stauf thanked Councilman John Rubbo for proposing the resolution and Councilman Mike Breen and Council President Mike Khader for their enthusiastic support.

     Rubbo remarked that 20 years ago the Good Friday Agreement was ratified by more than 70 percent of the voters in the north of Ireland, yet much needs to be done so that McGuinness’ legacy may be fulfilled. He also recognized the AOH for keeping the issues of Ireland on their agenda.

     Khader said that he studied the McGuinness Principles and the need for these principles is not unique to the north of Ireland. “Truth, fairness, and an even playing field are principles we should all live by regardless of race, religion, color, creed or political party and that is why I am proudly supporting this resolution.”

     The McGuinness Principles were then adopted 7-0.

 

Yonkers City Council Agenda 9.25.18

Video Link to Yonkers City Council Meeting Proceeding

Press Conference to Unveil the McGuinness Principles

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6 to 8 PM at the Molloy College Suffolk Center, many Irish-American organizations are gathering for a press conference to unveil the McGuinness Principles, named after Martin McGuinness, the former Deputy Minister of Northern Ireland who dedicated his life so ardently for peace and freedom in Ireland.

April 10, 2018 is the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, when the people of Ireland overwhelmingly decided to pursue their struggle for their nation’s identity only through peaceful means. All of the parties to that historic accord made promises. Although the Good Friday Agreement has brought peace to Ireland for two decades, many promises have not been kept. To renege on promises in an international treaty is not only dishonorable, but dangerous to a peace process which has been admired around the world.

The McGuiness Principles will be discussed in detail at the meeting. They include equality, respect, truth, and self-determination. We will also stress the urgent need for the appointment of a Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Please come to this important meeting and invite all who care about peace and freedom in Ireland.

The Suffolk Campus is located at 7180 Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY 11735 (just east of Route 110). For more information, call Brian O’Keefe, Nassau County Brehon Law Society, (516) 398-2471.