Election of Irish-American Boston mayor a positive for undocumented Irish – Breen

November 6th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, has today (Wedneday) welcomed the news that State Representative Marty Walsh has been elected as the new mayor of Boston. The Irish-American is the son of immigrant parents from Galway.

“The election of another Irish-American to a prominent position in American politics, can only further the cause of the undocumented Irish in the United States.

“I am just recently back from a trip to Washington, where I and colleagues from the Foreign Affairs Committee met with key decision makers on Capitol Hill in relation to the immigration legislation that is due to be debated in the House of Representatives. If passed, this legislation has the potential to transform the futures of the 50,000 undocumented Irish currently living in limbo in the US.

“Congressman Walsh’s election marks the first time that an Irish-American has served as mayor of Boston in about 20 years. Boston has a strong Irish heritage, and I am optimistic that he will contribute positively to the national debate on US immigration reform in the months ahead.”