Speaking in the Seanad earlier this afternoon Senator Ardagh said, “I do not in any way seek to take from the democratic will of the American people and of course it is incumbent on political administrations across the world to prepare to maintain our positive relationships with the United States under a Donald Trump administration.
“However, I call on the Government to urgently establish a special task force to work with the American Administration to protect so many undocumented Irish who have built their lives in the United States of America.
“We all know the deep bonds that have existed between our country and the USA for generations. We know so many Irish people emigrated during the Great Famine and they helped build much of the USA.
“Many Irish living in the USA will be deeply concerned about what the future holds for them under a Trump administration, given the hard-line approach he took towards immigrants throughout his campaign.
“It is important that they see that their Government at home stand in solidarity with them and do all it can to protect them at this politically turbulent and uncertain time.”