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Irish head of state joins call to halt Ulster violence

Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald has called on Americans to refuse any aid - moral, financial, or in the form of arms - to those bringing violence and tragedy to Northern Ireland. Mr. FitzGerald made the plea in an address to a joint meeting of both houses of Congress Thursday.

Forty senators and 58 members of the House - led by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D) and Thomas P. O'Neill Jr.(D), both of Massachusetts - urged Britain to work more closely with the Irish government in seeking peace in Northern Ireland.

''We renew our urgent appeal to all Americans to renounce the path of the bomb and the bullet and to reject the pleas of those who seek by word or deed or dollars to promote or condone the cause of violence,'' the letter issued on Wednesday, said.

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