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Sinn Féin MLA's meet on Undocumented Irish

4 December, 2007

Sinn Fein MLA's met in Stormont today with Donegal Councillor, Mick McMahon, spokesperson for Family and Friends of the Undocumented Irish in America. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss setting up a working group with the intention of gaining political support for the regularisation of residency qualifications for those Irish emigrants who find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Speaking after the meeting Cathal Boylan MLA (Newry/Armagh) said:

"Sinn Féin MLA's met today with, Councillor Mick Mc Mahon to map out ways in which we can support those Irish emigrants in America who despite having made a positive contribution to American society find themselves in a limbo situation. Whatever the strict legal interpretation of how they entered the US, the fact is that there are tens of thousands of people who now find themselves in relationships, some with families who have never known any other society, who cannot return to Ireland for family celebrations or bereavements as they would not be allowed to re-enter America to rejoin their families if they did so."

Cathal Boylan continued:

"My colleague, Paul Maskey MLA (West Belfast) and myself intend to invite MLA's from other parties to join us in a cross party group to lobby on behalf of Undocumented Irish in America. We wish the Family and Friends of the Undocumented Irish in America group success in their efforts to gain all party support across the island of Ireland for this humanitarian campaign so that they can drive it forward to success." ENDS

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