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no parents of Irish children should be forcibly removed from this country

19 April, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on the Minister for Justice to make "an explicit commitment that no Irish child will be deprived of the care and company of their parents as the result of a deportation order made by him."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh raised the issue in the Dáil today after a protest was held at the gates of Leinster House by the Residents Against Racism against the policy of 'fast track' and mass deportations to Nigeria and in support of more than 70 Nigerian fathers of Irish children who commenced a hungerstrike in protest last week.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "No parents of Irish children should be forcibly removed from this country. All Irish child citizens must have the equal right to remain in their country of nationality in the care and company of their parents. I am calling on the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, to make an explicit commitment that no Irish child will be deprived of the care and company of their parents as the result of a deportation order made by the Minister."ENDS

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