Hundreds of people have gathered at a hotel in Dublin today to lobby for recognition of the illegal Irish living and working in the US.

The event was attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, and by politicians from across the political spectrum.

There are thought to be around 50,000 undocumented Irish working in the US.

A bill is due in the US Senate in May proposes changes which would allow the illegal Irish to travel and work legally.