Tuesday, March 13, 2007

excerpt from New York Newsday: Irish Premier in NYC, Washington

...[Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie] Ahern has a series of engagements scheduled for Wednesday in New York City, including a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, and a visit to the Twin Towers Memorial Center.

He was scheduled to head to Washington on Wednesday night for the American Ireland Fund annual dinner, an annual gala for Irish-American politicians, celebrities and lobbyists.

On Thursday he plans to meet U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and the Friends of Ireland congressional group, and attend the annual St. Patrick's lunch hosted by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Ahern's office said the prime minister also hoped to discuss with Bush the possibility of granting U.S. residency to approximately 50,000 Irish citizens living illegally in the United States. Ireland has been lobbying the Bush administration for years to support this move either as part of a wider package of U.S. immigration reform or in a bilateral deal.

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