Last night I sent a press release out giving our reaction to what Mr Aherne said in Washington on our nations feast day. This is the gist of what I said:
The Families and Friends of the undocumented Irish in the US are extremely upset over what they called the"St Patrick's Day insult" from the Taoiseach.
Speaking in Washington yesterday, Mr Ahern said the undocumented Irish were sitting in bars in the US talking nonsense about a possible visa deal.
"Mr Ahern has stereotyped my sister, her husband, and all the other undocumented Irish in the US," said Kate Hickey, the head of the Families and Friends support group in Ireland.
"My sister was really depending on the Irish Government to help. She has been in the US for 12 years now and we were pinning our hopes on the Irish Government."
"The comments yesterday seem to suggest that the Taoiseach is walking away from us."
However, today it was reported that the day after these upsetting words came from our Taoiseach he announced that the government has organised a bilateral agreement for holiday visas with the Argentinian Government. (www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article3533247.ece )
Unfortunately Mr Aherne seems to think that a resolution is impossible, though apparently not in Argentina. He also sees the situation in the US as lost while those who have been constantly involved in the issue of visas and the undocumented, such as Bruce Morrison seem positive and are willing to work towards a resolution.