And the positive vote for the McCain/Kennedy bill has been welcomed on this side of the Atlantic.
The D_il last week gave its unanimous stamp of approval to an all-party motion expressing support for the bipartisan measure that is currently stalled before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Irish Senate, the Seanad, also backed the motion.
The motion was placed before the D_il by Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern.
Ahern is expected to visit the U.S. in a few days to emphasize his concern for the undocumented Irish, a group which his government estimates at 25,000 in number.
After the D_il vote, which took place Thursday, Oct. 6, Ahern met with the Bishop of Derry and chairman of the Irish Bishops’ Commission for Emigrants, Dr. S