Author Coogan finally granted visa for US
Published 29/11/2012 | 05:00
Author Tim Pat Coogan (right) has been granted a 10-year non-immigrant visa to the US after an intervention by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, writes John Spain.
There was widespread anger when it emerged that the best-selling author had been refused a visa to visit the US on a tour to promote his new book, 'The Famine Plot', which accuses Britain of conducting a policy in the 1840s that amounted to "genocide" and says the disaster was an early example of "ethnic cleansing."
As a result of the travel ban, Mr Coogan's US book tour, scheduled for this week, had to be cancelled.