Billy Lawless

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Billy Lawless: The diaspora senator said Ireland had “strayed from the inclusive spirit” of the 1916 Proclamation and the Constitution. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some 3.6 million Irish citizens abroad, including residents of Northern Ireland who have a right to citizenship, could vote in a presidential election(...)

Irish diaspora: the overseas electorate could exceed the 1.7 million people who voted in the 2011 presidential election. Illustration: Digital Vision/Getty

Two weeks after finishing university, in 2013, Dean Duke left Ireland for London and a career as a political lobbyist. He believes that he and other I(...)

Demonstrators took part in a ‘Free The People Immigration March’ in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photograph: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg

Representatives working with undocumented Irish people in the US have urged their clients to be calm but vigilant as fear grows over the administratio(...)

Sean Barrett: the Fine Gael TD and former minister for defence responded that the RDFRA’s was the “most damning report” he had s seen in his 36 years as a member of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reserve Defence Forces could cease to exist within months if extra commitments are not given to strengthen the organisation, an Oireachtas commit(...)

Independent Senator Billy Lawless wants RTÉ to continue to provide its UK long-wave service, which is due to be abolished later this year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Senator Billy Lawless has called on RTÉ to retain its UK long-wave radio service for Irish emigrants. He told the Seanad the service was (...)

A protest at the arrivals hall of San Francisco’s SFO International Airport after people arriving from Muslim-majority countries were held at the border control as a result of the new executive order. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

US Democrats have vowed to overturn president Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration with legislation, as opposition and protests grew over hi(...)

 Boston Globe hoax headline: Irish immigrants worry Trump may reverse legislation that  protects children  from deportation. Photograph:  Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

John, like many of the thousands of “undocumented” Irish living in the US, is waiting anxiously to see whether president-elect Donald Trump follows th(...)

‘Many undocumented Irish are exploring options and asking for advice should the immigration authorities come knocking at their door.’

The past two weeks in Chicago has been a rollercoaster of emotions, especially for the Irish community. Two weeks ago, the city celebrated its first W(...)

Minister of State for Diaspora Joe McHugh has begun his three day visit to Boston today. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

As uncertainty hangs over the thousands of undocumented Irish living in the US since Donald Trump’s election win, the Minister of State for Diaspora h(...)

‘The Irish pub today has spawned a cottage industry that is worth billions,’ said Senator Billy Lawless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times/File photo

Irish pubs, both home and abroad, are central to Ireland’s tourist image and act as “unofficial embassies” for Irish people in other countries, Senato(...)

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