Today in the Seanad order of business I introduced the Immigration Reform bill for US Citizens living in Ireland

 

Senator Mark Daly:  I seek leave to introduce No. 11 – the Immigration Reform for US Citizens Living in Ireland Bill. Many of those affected are unable to remain in Ireland because of our immigration system. While we have 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United States, —–

An Cathaoirleach: Is the Senator proposing an amendment to the Order of Business?

Senator Mark Daly:  Yes, I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, that the Immigration Reform for U.S. Citizens Living in Ireland Bill be taken in the House, in light of the fact that such citizens find it so difficult to remain here despite the enormous contribution they make. The irony is that we seek to have the situation regarding the 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United regularised, but when it comes to U.S. citizens in similar situations who wish to remain here, we do not facilitate a system allowing them to do so.

Yesterday, we spoke here about the trials and travails within Fine Gael. I am aware Senator Paul Coghlan would have been at the Fine Gael breakfast this morning – I hope he enjoyed it – which was attended by the British ambassador. This breakfast was a fund-raiser event. Will the Leader clarify the situation regarding this, because —–

Senator Jim Walsh:  After all, it is a west British party.

Senator Mary M. White:  Hear, hear.

Senator Mark Daly:  Were the Standards in Public Office Commission or the British Embassy aware this breakfast was a fund-raiser event? It is appropriate that ambassadors are invited, by all political parties, to attend events, but not to fund-raisers. We are all aware of the difficulties in regard to politics and fund-raisers —–

Senator Mark Daly:  The Senator may speak for himself.

An Cathaoirleach:  Has Senator Daly a question for the Leader?

An Cathaoirleach:  Please allow Senator Daly to make his contribution, without interruption.

Senator Mark Daly:  Will the Chair please ask Senator Norris to refrain?

An Cathaoirleach:  Has Senator Daly a question for the Leader?

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames:  He is telling you what to do.

Senator Mark Daly:  I ask for Senator Norris to withdraw the statement.

An Cathaoirleach:  I did not hear what he said. Has Senator Daly a question for the Leader?

Senator Mark Daly:  I ask the Chair to ask Senator Norris to withdraw the statement.

An Cathaoirleach:  I did not hear what he said.

Senator Darragh O’Brien:  He called him anti-British and should withdraw that.

Senator Mark Daly:  I ask the Cathaoirleach to instruct the Senator to withdraw the statement.

An Cathaoirleach:  I did not hear what the Senator had to say, so cannot comment on it. Has Senator Daly a question for the Leader?

Senator Mark Daly:  It is unfortunate that the Senator is not concerned about the issue of fundraising within political parties and that the British ambassador appears to have been misled in regard to that issue and was unaware the breakfast was a fund-raiser event. I have attended many events with the British ambassador in regard to the decade of commemorations and ask the Leader to clarify the situation. Was he informed that the breakfast was a fund-raiser event?

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