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Adams raising of ‘Undocumented Irish’ at Ard Fheis welcome – Boylan

6 March, 2008

Cathal Boylan has welcomed the recognition of the problems faced by thousands of 'Undocumented Irish' in the USA by Party President Gerry Adams in his keynote speech at the Ard Fheis.

The Sinn Fein leader mentioned the Undocumented Irish as he spoke about the Party's views on the economy, business and taxation.

Gerry Adams said,

"Our TDs have been leading the way in putting pressure on the government to address the plight of communities being devastated by unemployment from East Cork to Kerry to Donegal.

"And for the first time in many years, let us remind ourselves, young people are being forced once again to leave home in search of employment. Urgent action is required to reverse this trend.

"The plight of thousands of the undocumented Irish in the USA relates directly to a time when emigration was the only option.

"We must never go back to those days. The undocumented Irish in America need and deserve our support."

Commenting, the Newry and South Armagh MLA said,

"I am pleased Gerry Adams used his Presidential address to once again highlight the problems faced by thousands of Irish people who are contributing to the US economy and yet are not recognised by the authorities.

"As he said, these people, from both Nationalist and Unionist backgrounds, need and deserve our support to allow them to live normal lives, if the problem is not resolved we will find the problem growing unless we can give our young people employment and housing to deter them from going abroad to seek work." ENDS

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