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Tim Pat's trip to US called off as visa problems halt book tour ...

BEST-selling author and historian Tim Pat Coogan has had to cancel a US promotional tour for his controversial new book about the Great Famine after encountering difficulties securing a visa.

Coogan was due to travel to the US at the weekend for a book tour and had been trying to get clearance to travel for weeks.

However, he was refused a waiver as the visit was for commercial purposes and has subsequently been frustrated in his efforts to secure a working visa in time for the trip.

Publishers Palgrave MacMillan have now cancelled next week's proposed book tour, including a lecture by Coogan to the American Irish Historical Society in New York.

The author had planned the visit to promote 'The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy' – which has attracted controversy due to its use of highly charged language about British actions during the famine.

Speaking before his book launch at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum last night, Coogan said: "I don't know what the problem is." The US Embassy in Dublin declined to comment, saying it could not discuss specific cases.

Irish Independent