“The recent decision by the Prime Minister and Parliament to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement and find an alternative to the backstop has put the Good Friday Agreement at stake. It alarms us,” said a statement from the committee, jointly led by former Congressmen James Walsh, a Republican, and Bruce Morrison, a Democrat. According to a press release, the committee is bipartisan and reflects the broad spectrum of Irish America. Former Congressman James Walsh, a co-chair of the committee, said members had been “alerted” by the developments. While she says last month`s withdrawal agreement between the European Union and Britain “looks very promising for Northern Ireland”, she notes the divisions within British politics, pending a general election on 12 December. Clerk to the Committee:Paul Stephens (01) 618 3218(076) 1001753c-goodfriday@oireachtas.ie The ad hoc committee includes two former US senators, five former US ambassadors and leaders of prominent Irish organisations such as the American Irish Fund and the Old Order of Hibernians (HAE). The Committee will work closely with the U.S. Congress “to support and protect the Good Friday Agreement,” the statement said. The leaders of the ad hoc committee will attempt to meet with both the Irish and British ambassadors in Washington DC and senior US State Department officials to declare that Irish America is mobilized and vigilant and will work closely with colleagues in the US Congress to support and protect the Good Friday Agreement. In a letter to members of the U.S. Congress, the committee asks them to support a resolution unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee last week, which reaffirms its support for the Good Friday Agreement. In its letter to Mrs May and Mr Varadkar, the committee states: “As co-guarantors of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, we are writing to encourage you to do everything in your power to protect the Good Friday Agreement, while the United Kingdom and the European Union continue their negotiations on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

The letter states that “pro-Brexit supporters in London have made sure to reduce the importance of the Good Friday agreement almost to the point of considering it irrelevant, when it is a binding international peace agreement.” . . .