"What we were trying to do was eliminate discrimination that existed in the law, but the way that that legislation was developed worked in a very dramatic and significant way against the Irish."
"I always felt better that he was looking out for the Irish," said Deirdre, a 32-year-old immigrant from Dublin, now living in New York.
Deirdre said she was heartbroken at the news. "I am so proud that I got a chance to meet him and shake his hand."
"He did so much to help us Irish, from the peace process to immigration, we knew we could always count on him.
"Ar dheis De go raish a hAnam."