IN Conversation: Immigration – Impact of Recent Changes
6:00-8:00pm, Tues., Jan. 27 at The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
sponsored by IN Chicago and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Join us at The Gage on Tuesday, January 27 for the latest in our IN-Conversation series - "Immigration - Impact of Recent Changes." This event is in partnership with the Emigrant Support Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland.
IN-Chicago is delighted to host Billy Lawless, Co-Founder of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, Breandán Magee, Senior Director of Programs at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Fiona McEntee, Managing Attorney of the McEntee Law Group. Consul General of Ireland Aidan Cronin will give the introduction and Ireland Network President Imelda Gallagher will moderate.
This event will be held at the Theodore Ascher Room at The Gage, 24 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Reception & hors d'oeuvre at 6:00pm, program at 6:30pm.
Space is limited and registration is required. To ensure your place, please click the Register button at left. Registration is free for Subscribed Members and their guests, and $10 for non-members. To become a Subscribed Member of IN-Chicago, please click here. For questions on this and other IN-Chicago events, please email us.
We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a lively conversation on the business, policy and legal perspectives of immigration reform and the impact of past initiatives on the present situation.
Aidan Cronin took up duty as the Consul-General of Ireland in Chicago in August 2011. Aidan worked as Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and as Head of the Minister’s Private Office from May 2009 to April 2011. From 2005 to 2008, Aidan served as Deputy Head of Mission in the Irish Embassy in Canberra and from 2003-2005 as Deputy Head of Mission in the Irish Embassy in Tehran. He also worked in the Irish Embassy in Beijing from 1998-2001. Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Aidan worked as a lawyer and is a graduate of UCC.
Billy Lawless is a leading immigration activist for undocumented Irish immigrants and other nationalities through his involvement in the Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. He moved from Galway to the U.S. 16 years ago and owns three successful restaurants in Chicago — Gage, Acanto and Dawson.
Breandán Magee, a native of Belfast, joined ICIRR as the Senior Director of Programs. He served for 9 years as the Executive Director of Chicago Irish Immigrant Support and acted as Vice President of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers. Breandán co-founded the Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform and has lobbied at the state and federal level for pro-immigrant legislation. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Fiona McEntee originally hails from Dublin but has been living in Chicago for the past ten years. Fiona is the Founding and Managing Attorney of the McEntee Law Group, a U.S. law firm exclusively devoted to immigration law. Fiona has been featured in various media sources including the Irish Times, LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Irish American News.
Imelda Gallagher, B.A., M.A, LL.B., B.L. returned to her native Chicago in 2005. She worked in the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on European legislation before returning to Dublin to work in the Minister of State's office in the Department of Health and Children. Imelda also worked as a Commercial attorney at William Fry before moving to the regulatory sector in the Health Insurance Authority. She now works in the wireless cell phone industry.