Government TD’s vote No to Unionist and All Island Foreign Affairs committee delegation on Immigration Reform to DC

At yesterdays joint meeting of the Dail and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Government (Fine Gael and Labour) TD’s and Senators voted not to allow Unionists, Republican and Nationalist MLA (Members of the Legislative Assembly) from the North join the committee’s delegation visiting Washington D.C. on the issue of immigration reform next week.
A motion allowing for the MLA’s to join with the delegation was put down by Senator Mark Daly and Deputy Sean Crowe and supported by Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan. However all the government members of the committee refused to extend the invitation.
Senator Mark Daly said after the meeting ‘I am disappointed that the delegation is not an all island, all party one. Minister Gilmore himself had expressed the view at a previous foreign affairs committee that an all island delegation to press Congress for immigration reform to help the 50,000 Undocumented Irish in the US was a good one’
President Obama has said in Los Angeles that he would peruse a House immigration reform vote on the matter the “day after” Congress reaches a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling
‘This means that the timing of our trip could not be more opportune but it should be an all island, all party one’ said Senator Daly

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