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Deportations a grave violation of the constitutional rights of citizens and the rights of children

26 August, 2004


Reacting to last night's expulsion of three Irish citizen children with their families and the news that one woman being deported felt compelled to leave her child behind in Ireland, Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, described the Government's policy as constituting "a grave violation of the constitutional rights of citizens and the rights ofchildren."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The children in question are a legitimate part of the Irish nation. They are full citizens with equal rights. It is not acceptable that, through dependency on their parents, they should be forced to leave the country. Neither is it acceptable that they be deprived of the care and company of their parents if it is in their best interests to remain in Ireland. These expulsions are offensive to natural justice and cannot be allowed to continue. We must now each do our part to stand up for the rights of our fellow citizens, and to ensure that all children of this nation are cherished equally.

"Sinn Fein is calling for an immediate moratorium on these deportations and for the regularisation of these families in keeping with the assurances the Minister for Justice gave me personally in advance of the citizenship referendum." ENDS

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