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Children's interests must be deciding factor when making decisions about parent's residency

24 April, 2006


Sinn Féin Human Rights spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has supported the call by the Children’s Rights Alliance for the Government to assess the impact on children born in Ireland when making decisions about whether to grant their parents residency in the state.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “The best interest of the child must be paramount when making decisions about granting residency to their parents. If it is found that it would not be in the child’s best interests to send them to the homeland of his or her parents then the child and his or her family must be allowed to remain in the state.  This is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which provides that the child’s best interests must be at paramount consideration in all decisions affecting them.

“I support the concept of the call by the Children’s Rights Alliance for the Government to assess the impact on children born in Ireland when making decisions about whether to grant their parents residency in the state and congratulate them for highlighting this very important issue.” ENDS

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