March 18, 2005


Bush gives '100% backing' to McCartney sisters (Julian Borger in Washington and Angelique Chrisafis in Belfast, March 18, 2005, The Guardian)

The McCartney sisters emerged from a meeting with President Bush yesterday claiming to have his "100% support" for their quest to bring their brother's killers to justice.

The meeting, at the St Patrick's Day reception, lasted only a few minutes and the family decided not to hand over a dossier on Robert McCartney's murder outside a Belfast bar in January as they had planned. They blame the murder on the IRA, and have called for charges to be brought against 12 people they say were responsible. "We decided it would be best to talk to him personally because we knew he was meeting a lot of other people," Catherine McCartney said, adding that the family might still seek to deliver the file to the president's office.

"We impressed upon the president the importance of getting justice for Robert and he said he was 100% behind our campaign."

Paula McCartney added that the president had said "how sorry he was for what happened to Robert ... he seemed quite confident - he obviously knows things we don't - that things will change".

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2005 12:00 AM

What a puzzle for the IRA.

A kneecapping, disappearance, or plain old flashy murder was routine punishment for squealers in the old days. Now, a victim's relatives meet with the Prez, and he says "we're working on it".

What's the group of thugs to do now? Claim they have WMDs?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at March 18, 2005 11:13 AM