91. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will elaborate on the comments made by the Taoiseach during his recent trip to Washington on the undocumented Irish and the possibility of a reciprocal arrangement for American citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14211/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Robert Troy: The plight of the undocumented Irish in the US is well known. What progress is the Government making in tackling the issue?
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14. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on recent meetings held by the Government’s special envoy to the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11080/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government continues to seek a solution to the plight of thousands of undocumented Irish citizens living in the US and avails of all opportunities to raise US immigration reform and the status of the undocumented Irish with the US administration and with contacts on Capitol Hill. The appointment by the Taoiseach of Deputy John Deasy as the Government’s Special Envoy to Congress on the Undocumented underlined the Gov...

48. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the estimated number of Irish persons living in the United States of America without documentation; the recent efforts that have been made to resolve this issue; the number of meetings held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53974/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I want first of all to reassure the Deputy that the Government remains committed to finding a solution to the plight of the thousands of undocumented Irish in the United States.
By their nature, it is difficult to put exact numbers on undocumented communities, and the thousands of undocumented Irish in the US are no different. Estimates vary as to the numbers but our priority is to assist those who need our help and to f...

24. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update on the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; the detail of the recent meetings held by the special envoy appointed by the Government to the United States of America and other recent Government efforts to find a resolution to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48315/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Irish Government’s objectives regarding undocumented Irish citizens in the United States remain constant, namely, to achieve relief for the undocumented and to facilitate greater pathways for legal migration to the United States.
With this in mind, Ireland’s diplomatic representatives in the U.S. are continuing to systematically avail of all opportunities to raise the immigration issue in their contacts with the US authorities, i...

13. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made to address situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39705/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

(Deputy Helen McEntee): The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Minister of State with responsibility for the diaspora and international development are acutely aware of the very understandable concerns which exist among members of the Irish community in the US in light of recent developments.
The changed political landscape in the US has resulted in a renewed focus on the plight of the many millions of undocumented people living in the US, including thousands of Irish citizens. The G...

91. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the budget assigned to the recently appointed Government envoy to the United States Congress; if the budget has come out of existing resources; if his Department has received additional funding due to the creation of this role; the number of staff appointed to assist the envoy in their duties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39964/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 91, 92 and 106 together.
On 30 June, the Taoiseach appointed Deputy John Deasy as Government envoy to the US Congress to work on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States.
Deputy Deasy undertakes his work with the US Congress and Irish immigration centres under my overall direction and that of the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, TD. I h...

92. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the meetings held by the recently appointed Government envoy to the United States Congress; the dates and location of these meetings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39965/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 91, 92 and 106 together.
On 30 June, the Taoiseach appointed Deputy John Deasy as Government envoy to the US Congress to work on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States.
Deputy Deasy undertakes his work with the US Congress and Irish immigration centres under my overall direction and that of the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, TD. I h...

507. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of recent efforts to resolve the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38350/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government’s objectives regarding undocumented Irish citizens in the United States remain constant, namely, to achieve relief for the undocumented and facilitate greater pathways for legal migration to the United States. 
In pursuit of these objectives, Ireland’s diplomatic representatives in the U.S. systematically avail of all opportunities to raise immigration, including the prospects for immigration reform and the situation ...

252. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the recent efforts that have been made to address the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31028/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government’s objectives regarding our undocumented citizens in the United States remain constant, namely: to achieve relief for the undocumented and facilitate greater pathways for legal migration to the United States.
In pursuit of these objectives the Government and Ireland’s diplomatic representatives in the US systematically avail of all opportunities to raise immigration, including the prospects for immigration reform, and t...

63. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the recent actions taken to address the situation of the undocumented Irish in the USA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25617/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take questions 63 and 66 together.
The Government’s objectives regarding our undocumented citizens in the United States remain unchanged, namely: to achieve relief for the undocumented and facilitate greater pathways for legal migration to the United States.
In pursuit of these objectives the Government and Ireland’s diplomatic representatives in the US systematically avail of opportunities to raise immigration and th...

31. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he raised the issue of the undocumented Irish during his recent visit to Washington; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8549/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: Will the Minister report on his recent visit to Washington, D.C. and his discussions on the fate of the undocumented Irish? What issues or measures did he raise with his counterparts in America? Can he report any progress in that regard with the new Administration?
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358. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to meet the new Administration in the United States of America to discuss the situation of the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4291/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 347, 358 and 361 together.
Achieving relief for undocumented Irish migrants in the US and agreement on a facility for future migration between Ireland and the US are longstanding Government objectives. We continue to be committed to these objectives notwithstanding the immigration policy agenda of the new Administration.
The Government has raised the issue of immigration reform with US interlocuto...

48. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts that will be made by his Department on behalf of the undocumented Irish in the United States in view of the result of the presidential election; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36319/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 44, 48 and 52 together.
Achieving relief for undocumented Irish migrants in the US and agreement on a facility for future pathways for migration between Ireland and the US have been key objectives for the Government. Notwithstanding the changing political context in the United States, the Government’s commitment to these objectives remains constant. 
The Taoiseach availed of his recent separate te...

203. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the position of the undocumented Irish in the United States; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34176/16 asked on 10 Nov 2016 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Achieving relief for undocumented Irish migrants in the US and agreement on a facility for future legal migration between Ireland and the US have been and will remain key objectives for the Government.
I most recently raised the question of immigration reform, including relief for undocumented Irish citizens in the United States, during my meeting with US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, on 30 October. While Secretary of State ...

10. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he plans discussions with the authorities in the United States of America given the ongoing concerns at the difficulties the undocumented Irish face and the concerns of their families at home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11904/16 asked on 26 May 2016 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Deputy Joe McHugh: Achieving relief for undocumented Irish migrants in the US and agreement on a facility for future legal migration between Ireland and the US remains a priority for the new Government. Our embassy in Washington and consulates elsewhere in the US are active in advocating immigration reform and the issue is also regularly addressed in high-level political contacts between Ireland and the US Government.
While in Washington for St. Patrick’s Day, the Taoiseach and the Minister for...