Seanad debates

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters

Undocumented Irish in the USA

2:30 pm

Photo of Robbie GallagherRobbie Gallagher (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Minister of State for his comprehensive response. As I outlined, it is heartbreaking to hear the stories, as I am sure he has, of the undocumented people living in the US. Someone who went to the US 30 years ago at the age of 20 will be 50 today yet there is still no sign of progress on this issue. I reiterate that this is a unique opportunity for the Irish Government to make inroads on this issue and to put it to bed once and for all. We have a friend in the White House in the form of President Biden and we cannot let this opportunity slip. I ask that the Government redouble its efforts to ensure we find a solution to this long-running problem while he is in office.


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