Fair-weather friends

The Irish delegation to Washington last week was encouraged by the positive sounds coming from the Trump administration over the fate of undocumented Irish immigrants, but they are unlikely to translate into action any time soon

18th March, 2018
Leo Varadkar held a private meeting with US vice-president Mike Pence

Every year during the Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s Day visit to Washington DC, the bicephalic issue of Irish immigration to the US raises its head like a latter-day Hydra.

Not that it ever really goes away; rather it lurks in the long grass of US-Irish relations, ever poised for an opportunity to strike. There are two issues at stake: the fate of the undocumented Irish who currently live in the US and...

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