A group of U.S. Congressmen will be in Ireland Monday for high-level talks with Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Tanaiste Brian Lenihan and President Mary McAleese.
Top of the agenda will be the issue of undocumented Irish workers in the U.S., Northern Ireland and the global economic crisis.
The group is being led by Congressman Richie Neal (D - MA), who is also chair of the Friends of Ireland group and long-time supporter of all issues Irish in the House of Representatives.
There are an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish people in the U.S., and the meeting will give the heads of the Irish government the opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments on U.S. immigration policy.
President Obama has promised to completely reform the U.S. immigration system, and last week talked of a legalization process for illegal immigrants should they meet certain conditions.
Ceann Comhairle (House Speaker) John O’Donoghue invited the delegation, which consists of seven Democrats and one Republican, over to Ireland to discuses common issues between the two countries.
O'Donoghue and Neal will co-chair a meeting Tuesday between the delegation and a group of cross part TDs (Dail Members).
The delegation will also meet with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.