Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Taoiseach silent on undocumented Irish one week after agreeing Dáil motion – Ring

Fine Gael National Press Office Press Release Disappointment as no action from Taoiseach on US visit

Fine Gael Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Spokesperson, Michael Ring TD, has said that the Fianna Fail Government appeared to have abandoned the undocumented Irish in the US just one week after agreeing to a cross-party Dáil motion supporting a bilateral agreement between Ireland and the States.

"Today in the Dáil I asked the Taoiseach why we still had not heard about plans for an urgent visit by him to the USA in order to progress a bilateral agreement between Ireland and the States. This follows the Government's acceptance of Fine Gael proposals on this only last week, leading to an agreed motion which attracted the support of the entire Dáil.

"The Taoiseach obviously doesn't have much respect for the Dáil or much care for the undocumented Irish since he chose to not even respond to my question and remained silent when it was put to him again by the Fine Gael Leader.

"I have stressed that this issue is at a critical juncture and that the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs must urgently travel to the States to try and close this deal. With no action one week after they signed up their support for a bilateral agreement, I must conclude that they were only paying lip service to the undocumented Irish and lack the will to back it up."

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