McCord seeks U.S. justice for son
“No one cares in Ireland. Even the current Secretary of State Sean Woodward has refused to meet me,” he said.
Woodward, according to McCord, told Father Sean McManus of the Irish National Caucus on his visit to Washington on St. Patrick’s Day that he would meet McCord if he thought it would be productive.
“He was prejudging. It’s typical of the answers from British politicians,” said McCord. “All I’m looking for is equality in relation to my son’s case.”
McCord is being accompanied around Congress by McManus this week.
McCord initially reached out to McManus for support two years ago while on a similar lobbying visit to Washington. They had a second meeting in Fermanagh last year while McManus was visiting his home place.
“Since the O’Loan report came out about my son’s murder it was far too busy here in America with the elections taking place for me to come over. It did take me two years to get here but I’m here and it’s all good,” said McCord.
“One thing that amuses the politicians on Capitol Hill is to see a Protestant and a Unionist walking around Capitol Hill with a Roman Catholic priest from back home,” laughs McCord.
“I think politicians in Washington are just baffled because of all the stories they have heard over the years about the Protestant vs. Catholic thing, and now they are seeing first hand that it isn’t the case anymore,” added McCord.
“I’ve had more Christian charity in 12 minutes in Congress than I’ve had in 12 years back in Belfast,” he said.
From his visit this week, McCord is hoping to achieve justice for his son. He is urging Congress to write a letter calling on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to meet with him and his family.
McCord is also seeking a congressional resolution requesting the Irish and British governments to hold an independent public inquiry into Raymond’s murder, and he also hopes Congress will hold their own congressional hearing into his son’s killing.
McCord, a pipe fitter by trade, has had a series of meeting with high-ranking members of Congress about his son’s murder and is very optimistic that a congressional hearing will take place in the coming months.
“I’m very optimistic from the meetings I’ve had, and there is not one person who has given me a negative response,” said McCord. “They are very well briefed on my son’s case and very sympathetic, and it just amazes me.
“Unionist politicians within the community at home have met me in the past, but after I left they have forgotten me.”
Prior to speaking with the Irish Voice, McCord had a meeting with Congressman Bill Delahunt’s office. Delahunt is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is chairman of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight.
“Bill Delahunt is the man to get the job done,” said McCord.
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