Members of the United States Congress have written to President Joe Biden calling on him to appoint a US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

The letter was signed by 25 members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, and states that the appointment of an Envoy would continue to support the Peace Process during a critical time.

"We believe this decision would not only demonstrate America's enduring commitment to peace in Northern Ireland but would directly encourage regional peace and stability," according to the letter.

The letter also makes reference to the recent unrest in Northern Ireland.

"While the Northern Ireland Assembly and all major political parties have condemned this recent outbreak of violence, the uncertainty and serious potential for violence in the future have not abated," it states.

The main signatory was Democratic Congressman Bill Keating who last week arranged a hearing of a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee to reaffirm support for the Good Friday Agreement.


The virtual hearing was addressed by the former US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Mitchell Reiss, the former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Professor Monica McWilliams and the former Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Jane Morrice.

Separately, members of the Congressional 'Friends of Ireland' caucus held a virtual meeting yesterday with the UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis and the UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost.

Among the issues discussed during the one-hour Zoom call were the Northern Ireland Protocol, references to Northern Ireland in the Queen's speech and the findings of the Ballymurphy inquest