A message from the ILIR: The ILIR is requesting an urgent meeting with An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to discuss the comments made by Mr Ahern on St Patrick's Day.
We have listed several articles below which detail the statements by the Taoiseach, and our response.
We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that we are not giving up on the undocumented Irish in the US. We will continue to battle on their behalf. We will not give up until this battle is over.
Pack your bags
Ahern advises undocumented to consider return trip (Irish Echo)
ILIR Says Ahern Is 'Misinformed'
THE Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) has expressed deep disappointment in Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern's comments in Washington, D.C. on St. Patrick's Day. (Irish Voice)
Time To Unite
Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern threw the cat among the pigeons this week when he accused Irish immigration advocates of seeking an unrealistic "amnesty" for the undocumented. (Irish Voice)
ILIR pushes Ahern to pursue viable visa plan
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was urged last night to personally ask US President George Bush to accept a deal to grant visas to 10,000 illegal Irish emigrants.
- Ciaran Staunton suggests a way forward for Mr Ahern RTE 1 o'clock news
- "We never sought an amnesty,' Niall O'Dowd on Newstalk Right Hook
- "Talking Nonsense in Bars," Bertie Ahern's comments on RTE Morning Ireland
- Niall O'Dowd says the Taoiseach's comments reveal his ignorance of the US immigration debate RTE Morning Ireland