Justice for the Undocumented campaign calls for immigration reform in Ireland

A street party was held in Dublin today to demonstrate solidarity with undocumented migrants on both sides of the Atlantic

The Justice for the Undocumented group is calling for immigration reform in Ireland, ahead of political leaders' trips to the US for St Patrick's Day.

A pre-St Patrick's Day street party in support of the Justice for the Undocumented campaign took place in Dublin city centre this afternoon.

The event - which took place at Central Bank Plaza, across the road from the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland - was held to demonstrate solidarity with undocumented migrants on both sides of the Atlantic.

The plight of undocumented Irish in the US was raised by Enda Kenny during his St Patrick's Day visit to the US last year.

However, Justice for the Undocumented says it also an important issue here in Ireland.

The group says that undocumented migrants are unable to travel to their home countries for funerals or weddings, with many 'living in fear' over their situation.

In a statement, leaders of the Justice for the Undocumented campaign said, "we’re here today to send a message to political leaders travelling to Washington: we need immigration reform here in Ireland too. We’re here to remind them that there are undocumented migrants in Ireland too.

"We’re here because undocumented migrants are part of Ireland, we’re part of families and workplaces and communities in every county from Cork to Donegal. Today is not a day for our sad stories; today is a day to celebrate what we bring to Ireland and to say, we belong here," the statement adds.