“Overall, the number of bombings and attempted bombings has doubled over the past year. The surge in hostility aims to derail what has been achieved throughout the peace process.”
King says it is important for the U.S. to keep supporting the fund which, he said, “unites people on both sides of the political divide through joint grassroots projects and programming.”
“The United States has maintained support for the IFI for many years, and deserves considerable credit for the program’s success. With 35 million Americans of Irish descent, our ties to Ireland are strong, and our interests are well-served by remaining deeply engaged in the peace process,” he wrote.
“Additionally, since the IFI is a multinational effort, it is a bargain for the United States because only a small investment from us goes a great deal further when combined with the funds received from other countries.”
The International Fund for Ireland was established as an independent international organization by the British and Irish governments in 1986, and receives contributions from the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More than $1 billion in funding has been issued to date, supporting over 5,800 projects throughout Ireland.