Former Chief Counsel to Senator Orinn Hatch- the former Chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee in the US Senate – addressed An Seanad Eireann on Wednesday October 5th. Mr Cooney runs a successful political consulting firm in Washington D.C. and is an expert on immigration reform, missing and exploited children and the undocumented Irish. He is the only American citizen to address the chamber in recent times.
He has provided his expertise and pro bono assistance to Irish community groups in the USA as they seek immigration reform for the estimated 50.000 Irish undocumented living in the USA. Mr Cooney himself an Irish American stated: “It is a huge honor to be invited to address An Seanad Eireann and I look forward to continuing to pursue the issue of immigration reform, in particular for the undocumented Irish”.