Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (108)

Micheál Martin


108. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he discussed the undocumented Irish when attending meetings in the United States of America. [13890/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

On my recent visit to the United States, I had a series of political meetings, including with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Speaker Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and Senator Patrick Leahy.

In all these meetings, I expressed the Irish Government’s thanks for their support of the E3 Bill last year, and sought continued support as the Bill is reintroduced in the House in the coming weeks.

I also stressed to the US Administration and Congressional leaders the importance of resolving the situation for the small undocumented Irish community in the US.

In Chicago, I met with a number of emigrant support groups that receive Irish Government funding, and had the opportunity to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to finding a resolution to the status of the undocumented.