Irish Government exploring new options for a future stream of US visas
Eamon Gilmore says government is working diligently behind the scenes
CIIC President Siobhan Dennehy said of the meeting with Gilmore, “Lack of immigration status is the basis for most of the workload of the Irish centers across the country. Undocumented Irish immigrants suffer many social issues as a result of living life in the shadows including depression, drug and alcohol abuse, family issues, detentions, deportations and long-term imprisonment.
“The CIIC appreciates the Irish government’s continued support of the services provided by our member centers to the undocumented Irish and the government’s continued work on their behalf.”
Meanwhile, Gilmore spoke to the press on a number of areas, including the candidacy of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness for the Irish presidency.
McGuinness, a former leader in the IRA, is entitled to run, Gilmore says, but as leader of the Irish Labor party he is focused on his own candidate, Michael D. Higgins.
“I’m not going to enter at all into comments about other candidates,” Gilmore said, even though McGuinness – and his controversial past in the IRA – has attracted a huge amount of attention.
“Voters will look at which candidate is best placed to be the guarantor of our constitution, to be a unifier of the Irish people, and someone they can be proud of to represent the Irish abroad. I believe that is our candidate,” he said.
Gilmore also said that the government is committed to having a constitutional convention on the issue on extending voting rights to Irish immigrants living abroad.
“We’ve set ourselves the objective of having that completed by the anniversary of the 1916 rising,” he said.
With regards to the United Nations, Gilmore applauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for calling on the world body to recognize a Palestinian state during his speech last week in front of the UN General Assembly.
“I think it is entirely fitting and appropriate that President Abbas brings his case to the UN,” Gilmore said.
“That’s what the UN is for, and that’s the first place that it should be brought to. Ireland’s view is that we support the right of the Palestinian people to a state. They have as much of a right to a state as the people of Ireland.”
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