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Ó Snodaigh - 11,000 Irish children could face exile

30 September, 2003

Speaking at a rally outside the Dáil today against the deportation of the non-national parents of Irish children Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Justice and Equality Aengus Ó Snodaigh called for a moratorium on deportation orders and demanded the granting of residency to the parents.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"We are here today because more than 11,000 Irish children face either separation from their parents or effective exile as a result of this Government's policy. This Government is washing its hands of its obligation to uphold these children's basic constitutional rights, their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, and their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Ireland is a party.

"Sinn Féin calls for a moratorium on deportations of Irish citizens and their parents - and also supports the demand for the immediate and unconditional granting of residency to the non-national parents of these Irish citizens. It is this Government's responsibility to provide a proper legislative remedy that will reaffirm and protect the equal rights of these citizens and allow them to remain in Ireland with their parents, and I call on the Minister to take such action on an urgent basis." ENDS

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