Monthly Archives: January 2018

Senator Daly asks what the government is doing for the undocumented in the United States

I raise the issue of the undocumented in the United States. We saw the shutdown of the United States federal Government because of the failure to address the Dreamers programme. Mr. Dylan O’Riordan, now in prison in Boston, is awaiting deportation as effectively he is one of the Dreamers. He hopes to return to Ireland more quickly because one can spend up to six weeks in a prison waiting to be sent back to Ireland. His parents are still in the United States. He is one of the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United States.

We do not have an accurate figure of the number of undocumented Irish in the United States. For every undocumented Irish person living in the United States who was unable to come home for funerals and for family occasions, there are at least ten family members directly affected at home between parents and brothers and sisters. Some 500,000 people in Ireland are concerned about the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States. Since the Trump Administration took office 12 months ago, arrests have increased by nearly 50% among the undocumented Irish. Some 34 people were deported and sent back to Ireland last year. The next three weeks is a critical period for the undocumented Irish, especially for people such as Dylan O’Riordan who was brought to the US as a child. He and others now face the threat of the Dreamer programme, which was established and supported by the Obama Administration being discontinued.

I know that Deputy Deasy will travel as the Government’s special envoy to the United States Congress to work for the undocumented Irish. Will the Leader request the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to come to the House to debate and outline what the Government will do during the next three weeks of engagement on Capitol Hill to ensure that the emigration reform package is part of our budgetary proposals, so that the undocumented Irish and the Dreamers who went to the United States as children would be accommodated and looked after. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade should tell us what we should be doing, not on St. Patrick’s Day because by that time the issue will have gone off the radar and will be done and dusted. The Irish Government needs to engage now and I would like the Leader to ensure that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade comes to this Chamber and points out to Members, and to the 500,000 Irish people who are directly affected by this because they have loved ones in the United States, what the Government will do to make a difference in the lives of the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States.

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Next 3 weeks crucial for up to 50,000 Undocumented Irish and their hundreds of thousands of family members – Daly

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly has said that the next three weeks are incredibly crucial for the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens currently living in the United States.
Senator Daly was commenting following the US Senate’s decision to fund the US Government, and commitment to seek to address immigration reform as part of larger negotiations.
“The need for agreement in the US on immigration reform, and in particular for young immigrants known as DREAMers has never been so critical.
“Only this week, we learned of a 19 year old Irish man, whose parents brought him to the United States at the age of 12 being threatened with deportation.
“Prior to Christmas, we found out that the number of Irish deported from across the US since the Trump administration took power has risen to 34 from 26.
“I fear that this is only going to get worse unless we see bipartisan agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
“I am aware that Deputy John Deasy, the Government’s Special Envoy is due to depart for the US shortly, but I really do fear that time is running out for the Irish government to have an impact in these negotiations.
“This is an issue of importance to the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US and their hundreds of thousand direct family members’ right across Ireland.
“Fianna Fáil was the first political party to appoint a Spokesperson on the Irish Diaspora, and I am proud of my work, and the work of my party, to bring certainty to these families and to the Irish citizens living in the United States,” concluded Daly.

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Civil Rights legalisation by Senator Mark Daly for the 50,000 members of the Irish Deaf Community signed into law by the President of Ireland

24th December 2017

 

President’s recognition of Irish Sign Language is best Christmas present for the Deaf Community – Daly

– Fianna Fáil bill signed into law by Uachtarán na hÉireann this morning –

 
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said that the signing into law of the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill by the President this Christmas Eve, is the best gift that the State could give to the 50,000 members of the deal community this Christmas.

Senator Daly made the comments following the President’s formal signing of the bill into law at Áras an Uachtaráin earlier today.

The Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf enshrines the right to access state services in Irish Sign Language the primary Language of the Deaf community in Ireland.

“Members of the Irish Deaf Community have been suffering extreme marginalization by the State for some time now. Today’s signing by President Michael D Higgins means that Irish deaf citizens will now be able to access State services in their own language,” he explained.

“In addition, it puts an onus onto State agencies such as hospitals, schools and the Courts to make services available for the Irish deaf community.

“This means so much to many nationwide and this news is the best Christmas present that the State could give to these citizens.

He added, “This Bill had been hard fought and the rights that it will give members of the Irish deaf community have been hard won but ultimately, today’s signing is good for society and good for Ireland’s deaf citizens.

“I am pleased that as an opposition member of the Upper House I had the opportunity to introduce this private members’ bill and for it to have passed both Houses of the Oireachtas. Today’s signing marks the 6th private members bill to be passed into last by an opposition members since the constitution was enacted 80 years ago.

“I am hopeful this Christmas Eve that its provisions can be put into practice as quickly as possible to ensure that deaf citizens will now have their civil rights fully protected,” concluded Daly

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