Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Mayo News: Staunton's Stand for immigrants

Staunton’s stand for immigrants
A MAYO man is playing a leading role in the campaign to bring about immigration reform which would lead to a whole new life for an estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish in America.

Ciaran Staunton, whose mother Teresa resides in Knappagh, Westport, has been to the forefront of the campaign which has organised three triumphant lobby days in the marble halls of the US Congress.

Ciaran is one of a family of nine – eight sons (Aidan, Joseph, Fintan, Noel, Gabriel, Ciaran, Pearse and Declan) and a daughter (Loretto) born to Teresa and the late Tommy Andy Staunton. The family resided in Thallabawn, Killadoon, before moving to Knappagh in the late 1960s.

Ciaran is married to Orlaith O’Dowd from Co Louth whose brother Niall O’Dowd edits the Irish Voice newspaper in New York as well as being publisher of the monthly Irish America magazine.


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