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British government must uphold Good Friday Agreement citizenship provisions - Ó Donnghaile

14 February, 2019 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile



Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the British Home Office must clarify the nature of their proposed review into possible Good Friday Agreement violations.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“Currently Emma de Souza, is embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with the British Home Office.

“They refuse to recognise her as an Irish only citizen, resident in the north and have also refused to recognise the core legal components of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Emma and her husband Jake, whom she was applying for a residency visa for, have had almost a year of uncertainty and have had to proceed through the courts to clarify Emma's rights. 

“The British Home Office must acknowledge the birth right provisions of the Good Friday Agreement and allow Emma to assert her full rights as an Irish and EU citizen.

“They must clarify the nature of their proposed review into possible Good Friday Agreement violations. 

"As joint-guarantors of all aspects of the Good Friday Agreement including its nationality clause, the Irish and British governments need to defend it.”

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