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Government called on to cease "ruthless policy" of mass deportation

18 October, 2005

Two Sinn Féin TDs today called on the Government "to immediately cease its ruthless policy of forcible mass deportation" which they said had "resumed again this morning" in violation of the prohibition on collective expulsions in Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Sinn Féin Dáil leader, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin both raised the issue during Order of Business in Leinster House today. Deputy Ó Snodaigh also accused the Government of trying to suppress public debate on the issue.

The two Sinn Féin Deputies raised the issue as it emerged in the course of the day that the Government was rounding up asylum seekers and refugees from around the country in preparation for a mass deportation. Included among those that were targeted was the mother of a four-year-old autistic child from Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Deputy Ó Caoláin called on the Minister for Justice to "use his discretion to withdraw on humanitarian grounds the deportation order against an autistic four-year-old and his family in Clonakilty, Co. Cork", and urged him to "grant them leave to remain so that he can receive the treatment that he needs and will not receive in Nigeria." ENDS

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