Home Office ineptitude sees De Souza case further delayed - Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed disappointment at yet another delay in concluding the citizenship case of Emma De Souza in Belfast this morning.
Speaking after meeting with the De Souzas following their hearing today Senator Ó Donnghaile said:
“At two separate, earlier stages of this case, the tribunal found in Emma’s favour and affirmed her right to identify solely as an Irish citizen under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
"The British Home Office decided to further appeal both these judgements and put both Emma and Jake through needless trauma and uncertainty, not to mention the legal costs attached to this process.
"This morning the judge in the case was forced to adjourn due to the apparent ill-preparedness of the Home Office.
"One really wonders what the rationale is for the British Home Office, on one hand telling us they adhere to the Good Friday Agreement, yet at the same time taking a woman through the court for merely exercising her right to be Irish.
"The Home Office appealed this case - the onus was on them to at least turn up prepared.
"I will again raise Emma’s case with the Irish government this week, they must ensure they are active in defence of Emma, her citizenship and the Good Friday Agreement itself. Emma must not be left behind.
"It’s past time the British Home Office allowed this woman and her family to live in peace."