81. Deputy John Curran asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of efforts being made on the needs of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America in view of his St. Patrick’s Day visit to the United States of America; the extent to which ongoing negotiations continue to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14547/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The long-standing tradition of meetings at the highest level in Washington DC around St. Patrick’s Day affords Ireland a unique opportunity to engage with the US Administration and Congressional leaders at the highest level on issues of particular interest to Ireland, including immigration reform. For many years now, during the annual St. Patrick’s Day visits and throughout the rest of the year, the Irish Government has ...

171. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if proposals have been put recently to the United States Administration in relation to immigration reform with particular reference to the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13216/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government continues to attach a high priority to achieving a solution for the undocumented Irish living in the United States.
The Taoiseach visited Washington, D.C., from 13 to 16 March, on the occasion of St Patrick’s Day and had the opportunity to meet with the President, the Vice-President, Speaker Ryan, and the members of the Congressional Friends of Ireland group. He raised the issue of the undocumented Irish ...

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...

35. Deputy John Curran asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding the efforts being made on the needs of the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; the extent to which ongoing negotiations continue to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3690/18 asked on 25 Jan 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 resident 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 forthcoming Ministerial visits to the United States over the St. Patrick’s Day period will provide an important opportunity to rais...

44. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to discuss immigration reform with the United States Administration in view of the concerns of the undocumented Irish; if he has new initiatives under consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2709/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I wish, 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 citizens resident in the United States.
With this in mind, the Government continues to avail 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 Government wil...

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...

78. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made to identify with and support the needs of the undocumented Irish in the US; the extent to which ongoing negotiations continue to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53491/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government continues to identify with and support the needs of Irish immigrants living in the United States, including undocumented Irish citizens.
The Government remains wholly committed to working with the US authorities to resolve the plight of the undocumented Irish, while respecting the right of the United States to set its own immigration policies.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has worked closely ...

91. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if officials in his Department have given him an update on progressing improvements for the undocumented Irish in the United States of America. (Question 52098/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government continues to avail 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. Officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, working both here and in the US, are engaged on the issue on an ongoing basis and I am kept fully informed of developments. Neither I nor my Departmental officials, however, un...

237. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to outline the status of progress with regard to the Irish undocumented in the United States of America. (Question 49852/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government continues to avail of all opportunities to raise immigration reform and the status of the undocumented Irish in the US issue with the US administration and with contacts on Capitol Hill. We do not, however, underestimate the size of the challenge. This policy area has been a deeply divisive issue within the US political system for decades, with pronounced disagreement, even within the same political parties, on the be...

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...

93. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he discussed the undocumented Irish at his meetings when he was in the United States of America. (Question 47832/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

The Taoiseach: My recent visit to the US West Coast was focused primarily on developing trade, investment and tourism opportunities between the US and Ireland. 
While in Seattle and San Francisco, I met informally with a number of Irish community organisations which provide excellent supports to Irish immigrants in the US, including undocumented Irish citizens. However, on this visit I did not hold formal political-level discussions on the issues facing the undocumented. 
I remain involved in an...

437. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the special envoy appointment to the USA; the meetings they have attended; the work that is ongoing; and the supports that are being provided. (Question 45696/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 30 June last, the Taoiseach appointed Deputy John Deasy as the Government’s envoy to the US Congress to work on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States.#
Deputy Deasy undertakes his work as envoy under my overall direction, along with Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Deputy Ciarán Cannon.
I have discussed with Deputy Deasy the Government’s priorities in this area and how the Depart...

115. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the recent discussions he has had with the authorities in the United States of America on immigration reform; if he has put forward new proposals with particular reference to the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45607/17 asked on 26 Oct 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, ...

211. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress to date in addressing the undocumented Irish in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43964/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am acutely aware of the very understandable concerns which exist among members of the Irish community in the U.S. in light of recent developments in the area of immigration under the new U.S. Administration.
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.
Ireland’s diplomatic representatives i...

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...

106. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts being made to identify with and support the needs of undocumented Irish in the US; the extent to which ongoing negotiations continue to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40090/17 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...

285. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the discussions he has had recently with the United States authorities in relation to the undocumented Irish; the visa proposals he has put forward that would assist Irish persons that need to have their status regularised in the United States; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39356/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am acutely aware of the very understandable concerns which exist among members of the Irish community in the U.S. in light of recent developments in the area of immigration under the new U.S. Administration. 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 a significant number of Irish citizens.
In order to support people...

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...

142. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding discussions with the US authorities on immigration reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30713/17 asked on 29 Jun 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
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 immigrati...

143. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to have further discussions with the US authorities at political and official level on the need to progress immigration reform in view of the concerns of many Irish citizens living in the United States of America who are anxious to have their status regularised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30714/17 asked on 29 Jun 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
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 immigrati...

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...

66. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on his discussions with US officials regarding immigration reform and, in particular, the plight of undocumented Irish citizens in the USA; his plans to meet US officials in the near future to discuss this further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25604/17 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...

170. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to have further discussions with the United States authorities on immigration reform, in view of the concerns of the undocumented Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19086/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Government and Ireland’s diplomatic representatives in the United States of America continue to actively monitor the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States. We also systematically avail of opportunities to raise their situation with the US Government and Congressional representatives, pressing our case that a solution to their plight will be found.
I raised these issues during my meetings with senior members...