Northern Ireland: Band of Sisters

The quest of a group of women to solve a murder may break the I.R.A.'s grip on Northern Ireland

The five Northern Irish sisters who landed at Baltimore/Washington International Airport last Tuesday hardly looked like dignitaries, which is why U.S. agents reacted skeptically when the McCartney women revealed the purpose of their visit to the U.S.: they had come to meet George W. Bush. After briefly questioning the women, authorities let them go in time to make their appointments the next two days in Washington--which included a meeting over coffee and shamrock cookies with Senators Edward Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Chris Dodd and a chat with Bush at the annual St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House....

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