House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Addresses Irish Parliament CSPAN April 17, 2019 5:48pm-6:22pm EDT
school shootings in american history. friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, we will look back on the shooting and provide some reflection. >> at that time, columbine had never happened, and neither the parents nor the school counselor looked at the issue on paper as something that was indicative of the possibility of some real deterioration. announcer: watch our special on the 1999 columbine high school shooting friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. announcer: earlier today, house speaker nancy pelosi delivered an address to members and former members of the irish parliament in dublin. her remarks came on the one hundredth anniversary of the first sitting of the irish lower dail, andparliament, she mentioned the current brexit
friends from the u.s. house of representatives, and members past and present, ambassador, , [speakinggentlemen foreign language]. theelcome you all to chamber to hear from the honorable mrs. nancy pelosi, leader of the house of representatives. madam speaker, we look forward to your address in this important house, important here. your reputation, madam speaker, goes before you. died,e known as an error compelling, and, indeed, international speaker. ite,ou are known as an erud compelling, and international speaker. there was an eight hour address
to the house of representatives. madden speaker, may i suggest that such a level of generosity is not expected of you today -- madame speaker. [laughter] it is good to welcome you. between our two proud nations need little restating. linksople have immediate with the u.s., and it is entirely proper that someone of your stature and experience should be with us this afternoon to reflect on those links between the united states and ireland, particularly over the past 100 years. it is a great pleasure to have so many of the house of representatives traveling with you to ireland, each of them with so many deep links and affection for this country of ours, so good fortune to you all.
[applause] i am gratified that a few short weeks after we marked the 1918 general election, which granted votes to women, certain women, that is, we have such a strong, able, and authoritative female representatives today. many glass ceilings remain to be shattered, and it should be remembered that the vote for women was fought and won with tenacity and bravery, rather than given freely, and your presence today, madame speaker, serves to show the distance we have thankfully traveled, but we are mindful also that there remains a road left to walk. the house justn around the corner from this wither, 27 men gathered
the purpose of creating a new nation state out of the fragile remnants of a broken europe. if such a term could exist, i lould suggest that our dai forbearers were idealists. they knew the challenges, particular lease standing up against a strong empire. the men and women of january 1919 sought to place their fight in an international context. there were only 27 in attendance, as the rest of those elected on the lat form the previous december were on the road or imprisoned, and these included constants, the first woman elected to the british parliament, refusing to take her seat in london and opting instead for membership of the first dail. previously, in 1917,
an irish manifesto was presented in washington, d.c., to seek the support of our american friends for our independence. it was cheek by jiao with america's fight for freedom almost 1.5 centuries earlier. and currentpast links means much to us. ireland and the u.s. continue to work closely in trade, investment, and education, among many other important areas of common interest and concern. long may such links and connections continue and thrive, and i am particularly anxious to see parliamentary engagements leinster house nurtured and strengthened. [applause] those who met to convene the
in irish and 1919, french and english, and a democratic program is called for liberty, equality, and justice, as well as an equitable share of the nation's wealth and resources. seenast century has ireland change and evolve into a country which would, perhaps, be unrecognizable to those who sat in the mansion house in 1919. we have taken our place among the free nations of the world intrinsically linked to the european project and deeply proud of our role in you peacekeeping. we are outward looking at anxious to welcome those calling to our shores temporarily or long-term. we have sought to create an inclusive, tolerant society, mindful of our own rich heritage but respectful of all different. we still have many challenges facing us, and we have some way
to go yet to be the fair and equitable society which we all strive for, but we have traveled that path with international friends and allies. our friends in the united states congress have been steadfast in their support for us over the past 100 years, particularly with regard to the northern ireland peace process. that help and support from america was crucial to the success of the fragile peace and delicate process over two decades ago, and it continues to be of vital importance today. i want to avail of this opportunity to renew our thanks and the thanks of the irish people for that outstanding statesman, senator george mitchell, and the supporters of ireland and of peace. [applause]
that's support, madame speaker, will long be remembered with the deepest gratitude. we face major challenges now in light of the united kingdom's decision to leave the european union. that the senior delegation from the house of representatives, led by you, madame speaker, have taken time theisit us to see firsthand effects of the difficult brexit. in this anniversary year of the first dail, i wish to thank you, madame speaker, and all of our dear friends in the house of representatives for your support past and present. we are very proud to have you and your distinguished guests here today for this unique occasion. now, madame speaker, i would ask you to address us. [applause]
speaker pelosi: mr. speaker, mr. president, members of the very distinguished, crucial body at -- of this crucial time, mr. speaker, it is my great honor to historicou in this institution in this 100th year of its founding. thank you for your invitation to join in the festivities. on behalf of the american people, it is my privilege to deliver the well wishes of our thisn as you mark extraordinary century and to extend congratulations to the dail from the congress of the united states. i am deeply honored to have the privilege as speaker to address you today, and i am also honored to have so many of our
colleagues with us today. dail eireann is the same as the house of representatives in the united states, the people's house. when president kennedy, the first american president to visit ireland while in office addressed you all, he declared our two nations are divided by distance but have been united by history. i am proud to visit again with a distinguished delegation of leading members of congress to celebrate that shared history president kennedy referenced and to strengthen the enduring bonds of friendship between our two nations. -- represents of every corner of america, from seeds assigning see -- from sea to shining sea, with the chairman of the ways and means committee and the cochair of the friends of ireland, who will be
delivering the tip o'neill lecture at the university, where he will be awarded a degree. [applause] speaker pelosi: as you know, mr. speaker, john morrison of connecticut is here, brian higgins -- [applause] speaker pelosi: does their applause come out of my time? [laughter] brian higgins of new york, a scholar on ireland. [applause] is writingosi: brian a book on michael collins, and as a new yorker, there was the flag president kennedy brought when he came as president, really a product of new york.
the workers are very proud of that. a representative from connecticut. , from washington state, from , a freshman member of , andelegation from nevada the only member of congress who has a parent, his father born in ireland. [applause] speaker pelosi: we traveled during holy week, a holy week tinged with sadness with the fire of one of the greatest tools of history and celebration paris, and wede praise the firefighters who were able to save lives and the many
wonders of that cathedral. we are deeplyere, honored by the extraordinary welcome we have received, from our very special meeting to the , to the beautiful presentation of irish history and the vitality of irish culture that we enjoyed last to thet the gpo, and invitation to dublin castle tonight. thank you for taking the lead on this magnificent welcome to ireland, a beautiful and magical land, but you know that. it is also a personal honor for me today. when my husband and i, i husband, paul, is here. while we do not have irish grandparents, we take proud in having irish grandchildren, including william and shawn. at the churchized in county wicklow, the same
church where their grandfather was, and my son michael is with me somewhere. michael. whole family, they always remind us of the exuberance of the irish people. for a generation, our legislatures and leaders have had the opportunity to celebrate our friendship at the friends of ireland luncheon that we have around the time of st. patrick's day. it was started by tip o'neill, speaker tip o'neill, and president ronald reagan, the chta.d year the tour of theem a capital of the united states, and one serving as a congressional intern in d.c. as part of the washington-ireland program for service and leadership said, "madame
speaker, i use give that tour," so we had many connections, and today, i am honored to return the warm message of friendship on behalf of the irish people. it is also a message of appreciation and recognition of the role that the irish played, the leadership role the irish played to build and strengthen america. irish were soldiers in the war for american independence. suchrong were they and of bravery that a british officer had said that they had lost america to the irish. american the 19th century, irish workers built the canals, ports, railroads. irish bricklayers built our hospitals and schools. i thing many of them when they left ireland heard the rumor that in america, the streets were paved of gold. little did they know they would
be paving the streets when they got to america. the irish served in lincoln's army to preserve the union and save our nation. of theoned the flag irish brigade that president kennedy brought when he came, and the sisters of mercy came from dublin to heal our sick and to teach generations of american children, and they still do. both our nations know the joy of independence. both our countries endured the traumatic experience of civil war and the satisfaction of rebuilding our nations, and as these mutual experiences that are for each other and the world, the democratic values and commitment to freedom. when ireland proudly proclaimed its independence, our people stood together. in jeannettepride rankin, the first woman ever elected to the congress of the united states. our american counterpart,
perhaps, to your account esther markowitz. -- to your rankin account tests --countesse. including ireland among those countries whose freedom and democracy we are fighting for, and when your constitution came into effect, members of congress from both sides of the aisle, both sides of the capital, this has always been a universal value for us. a message of goodwill sent to express our ardent congratulations on the birth of the state of ireland. brought tohich was washington last month, and i have told my colleagues that it is in the speaker's office. they can see it at any time. i might have to have a time check on it, because people are looking at all of the names who
signed it, and the ireland freedom fighters, america saw our own founders, men and women of courage and confidence and conviction. we saw that in your freedom fighters who share our belief in liberty and justice for all. is that another connection, why the american abolitionist frederick douglass and the irish fighter daniel o'connor found solidarity and friendship in their search for freedom. in their fight for equality, they inspired nationalist communities in ireland to fight for their dignity and equal rights. we inspire each other, and that is why young michael collins found inspiration for his vision of a new ireland in the work of a poet, walt whitman, stating that collins is known to have frequently carried with him whitman's leads of grass.
ireland is one of the youngest nations with the oldest civilizations. a land of perseverance, one with of conquest and famine, conquest and heartbreak and heroism, and you are a land of progress, whose people forge prosperity from poverty, internationalism from insularity, and diversity from homogeneity. from famine, ireland has emerged as a confident and ascended nation on the forefront of modern, global economy. today, the emerald isle is firmly a world leader in technologies in the clean economy, even pioneering methods to harness the great sees that break along the legendary coast of ireland. is the world threatened by the climate crisis, recognizing that our future prosperity depends on bold action for
sustainability, but we know, both of us know, that ireland and the united states, we must do better, and we must do more, and we can do it together. it is a challenge that we must all meet together with the fierce urgency it demands. this is a public health issue, a decision for clean air and clean water and economic issue for creating good, green jobs of the future in a way that will create opportunity and reduce income inequality in our societies, a decision to keep us safe, and we were in stuttgart before we came here, and the generals told us that national -- climate change is a national security issue throughout the world in the terms of the challenges it creates, and if you believe as i do that this is god's creation, then we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards, and even if we do not share that view, we know we have
a moral responsibility to future generations to hand this planets over in a responsible way, so i hope we can work together in a very special way, because ireland is big enough to be impactful, small enough to be agile, and educated entrepreneurial to show the world smart growth. we can learn a lot from you. said, heent kennedy said the supreme reality of our time is our indivisibility as children of god and our common vulnerability on this planet. the beauty of irish innovation and irish thinking has long stretched around the globe, but you probably know of it. there is a serious recognition that the irish have a way with words. [laughter] >> it has been said. speaker pelosi: it has been said, i the irish, as a matter of fact.
-- by the irish, as a matter of fact. [laughter] speaker pelosi: there were some of the greatest writers and poets, james joyce redefining the novel, samuel beckett, a nobelng theater, prize for lyricism, and i love this one, introducing us to one texts, adest english translation of beowulf. have you read that? it is a masterful translation of beowulf. times, a modern purveyor of the words from one of, bono and u2, ireland's most beloved exports there you are. i am not finished. stirs thec and --
world while embracing the pride of the irish. we have learned so much at u2 concerts about what is going on in ireland, and we were honored last night, and then there was the concert in belfast in 1998. bono is here with his wife. [applause] i take pride in saying that i am one of the members of congress who has spent more time at u2 concerts than anyone, and now, he is in the audience. thank you, bono, for being here, and give my best to the rest of us. for my children, michael, and my grandchildren, we all know, i usually do not
intrude on the music of my children. that does not apply to u2. of inward past struggles, the irish republic became a bold and impactful presence, doing good around the world. it is a funny thing. inside, outside, perseverance, progress. civilization, innovative. you have continued. you weren't early pioneer on nuclear proliferation with the u.n., 1961, to oppose the spread of nuclear arms, early leaders, visionaries. you have continued to take the lead on peace in the global peacekeeping and humanitarian missions that are filled with and led by irishmen and women -- you were an early pioneer. heard excellent arguments, including some of what i just said, on why ireland should fit on the u.n. security
council -- should sit on the u.n. security council. [applause] from the roots of heritage and history, a modern ireland has blossomed. what a powerful statement that ireland, steeped in tradition, would be the first nation and all of the world to deliver yes lgbtqriage equality for brothers and sisters, not by a ruling of the courts and not by an act of the legislature but by an overwhelming vote of the irish people themselves. and further, the people of ireland voted to affirm the reproductive rights of women. ireland shows the true strength of a nation with the confidence to open itself up to new ideas, new people, and a new future. indeed, ireland truly is a nation to be proud of. hope,d's story is one of
hope, how with vision, courage, and faith, we can build a brighter, stronger, and safer future for the next generation, and that is all of our responsibilities, to make the future better for the next generation. thethis month, we mark anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of that betterof hope, and a future is possible, the signing of the good friday accord in 1998, ending centuries of conflict. world sawly day, the the dawn of peace in northern ireland, of which few had ever dared to dream. with the diplomatic leadership of president bill clinton, who sends his regards when he found out we were coming, and special envoy, senator john mitchell, the courage of john hume, and my family, paul and i and our children were will honored to welcome them to our home in san francisco in the late 1980's. he told us that night "as we
bring down the walls in belfast, we must also bring down the walls in our hearts if we are going to have peace." we were happy to welcome him to our home, and with the bravery of our late friend, martin guinness, who i was pleased to welcome to our house of representatives, a top democrat when i was the top democrat on the appropriations committee which has control over the funding for the international fund for ireland, so he was a regular visitor to our house, to our home and house, martin is a beloved and friend in congress, and with the hopes of the people of northern ireland and all of us in america who witnessed a miracle of a new piece --peace, we treasured the good friday accord, not only for what it meant for northern ireland and ireland, and that would be reason enough, but we treasure it because it is not really a
treaty. it is an article for us, a beacon to the world. we treasure the good friday accord because of what it says is possible for the entire thed, a reason to hope for dreams of reconciliation that will be possible for them. it showed us, as president clinton said, it is possible when you decide to give your children not only your yesterday's but own tomorrow. as my friend george mitchell said after the signing, patriotism has to do with keeping the country in good hearts. justiceunity ordered by and mercy. with good hearts, guided by faith and justice and mercy, america will continue to stand with you in protecting the peace that the good friday accord has realized. i have said before, and i will say it again. we must assure that nothing happens in the brexit
discussions that imperils the good friday accord, including but not limited to the seamless border between the irish republic and northern ireland. [applause] speaker pelosi: let me be clear. if the >> it deal undermines the good friday accord, there will u.s.-u.k.ce of a trade agreement -- if the brexit deal undermines the good friday accord, there will be no chance of a u.s.-u.k. trade agreement. [applause] speaker pelosi: i say that hoping we do not face that reality. as you face the challenges posed by brexit, know that the united states congress stand with you.
especially now as a first generation born into the hope of imagine, youand u2 concert,e at the children born than our 21 years old now, entering their adulthood knowing peace. we cannot jeopardize that. [applause] speaker pelosi: we must not, and we will not allow that progress to be undermined. for generations, ireland has been the emerald thread in the fabric of american history and national life. america is grateful for your partnership, a partnership we have together, glad to share in the joy of this centennial, and looking forward to another hundred years of irish leadership in the world.
and this i see all over ireland -- well, all over dublin so far, the tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rise. together, we can make hope and history rhyme once more. thank you for the honor of your friendship. thank you for the honor of addressing you this afternoon. may god continue to bless america, and may god continue to bless ireland, and may god continue to bless the partnership that we share. thank you so much. [applause]
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