Saturday, March 07, 2009

Murphy takes over at ILIR

The well-known Irish immigration advocate Bart Murphy is taking over as chairman of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.

Murphy, who sits on the board of the American Ireland Fund and is the chair of the coalition of Irish Immigration Centers, is one of the original ILIR board members.

He will be taking over from current chairman Niall O'Dowd. O'Dowd, who will swap places with Murphy on the advisory board, is stepping aside to devote his attention to a new business.

O'Dowd recently announced he was heading up a new Irish website aims to become a global Irish portal.

However, O'Dowd has pledged to remain committed to the cause.

"I will continue to serve on ILIR's advisory board and be available to the organization on an ongoing basis,"he said.

"My new role at Irish Central requires full time attention and energy at this key period for immigration reform,” he said. "I believe Bart will do a magnificent job. There is no-one more experienced. "


Anonymous said...

Welcome Bart,
I hope you can put as much energy into this cause as your predecessor.
You will not get a lot of support from the Irish Gov. They see us as being out of sight out of mind and want to keep it that way.
Yes there are a few very good politician's in Ireland that will try and help, but the people you need the support from most (so called Leaders in power) do not depend on it.
I wish you well in your plight, and on behalf of the undocumented Irish you will have our full support.

Anonymous said...

We are the forgotten Irish and that is how a lot of people in Ireland wants us to stay.
out of sigh out of mind...

Anonymous said...

I would also like to say Welcome and hopefuly you can get something done!
Cowen has just said that if your Great Grandparent was from Ireland you can get an Irish Passport! How cool is that For half of Americans!
Now here is my PROBLEM! My grand mother was and my Mother is an American, but because my mother didn't live in america for 5 straight years nither me or my brother and sisters can become American Citizens! It is very hard for me to grasp that I am the son of an American and still Illegal!

Anonymous said...

Anything to report on the Cowen/Obama meeting?