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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Kenny 'hopeful' of new laws for the illegal Irish

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny, left, and  President Barack Obama, hold up a bowl of shamrocks during a St. Patrick's Day reception.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, left, and President Barack Obama, hold up a bowl of shamrocks during a St. Patrick's Day reception.

THE Taoiseach said he is "hopeful and confident" that legislative measures will be put in place to give official status to undocumented Irish people living in the US.

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Thousands of Irish people living in the US are prevented from attending funerals and weddings at home because of their immigrant status, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said.

Mr Kenny has been using his three-day trade mission in the US to lobby on behalf of around 50,000 undocumented Irish.

"The Irish people are still as brave as ever they've been. But because of the undocumented status that many of them have, they're not as free as they'd like to be," he said.

The Taoiseach was speaking at an event in San Francisco, which was attended by hundreds of the Irish community.

He made references to Aer Lingus's decision to open routes between Dublin and San Francisco and said he was "hopeful" that undocumented Irish in the US will one day be able to visit home whenever they want.

Irish Independent

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