Coogan’s comments come after U.S. Ambassador Dan Rooney defended the consular staff and how they treat individuals.
The exchange comes after Coogan was denied a U.S. visa twice for a book tour and was only granted one after the intervention of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer who was responding to Irish American concerns.
In his statement given to IrishCentral, Tim Pat Coogan said: “As I suspect I am the only prominent Irish writer to have been barred from the U.S. in the recent past I feel I must reply to the Ambassador Rooney statement.
“I have only the friendliest feelings towards Ambassador Rooney personally but have found dealing with the U.S. Embassy Kafkaesque.
“I have been reliably informed many others less prominent than I have had very bad experiences also.
“There is no reason for such difficult behavior towards a friendly country.”
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