US Immigration Reform raised in Irish Senate

Call for Taoiseach to raise undocumented Irish on Capitol Hill

Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 01:01

First published: Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 01:01

A call has been made to ensure Taoiseach Enda Kenny raises the issue of the undocumented Irish and immigration reform while on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for St Patrick’s week events.

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said that last year when the Taoiseach’s speech was released to the Irish media, it referred to the need to address immigration reform. Mr Daly told the Seanad however that “the transcripts of his meeting showed that the issue was not raised”.

Seanad leader Maurice Cummins (FG) said the Taoiseach would again raise the matter of the undocumented Irish “with as many politicians as he possibly can on Capitol Hill when he visits there for St Patrick’s Day”. Mr Cummins added: “I am certainly not privy to any private conversations between the Taoiseach and President Obama, but I am sure he will raise that matter again.”

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