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McGuinness announces good news on Lordorice and baby Imelda case

21 June, 2007

John Reid has today informed Martin McGuinness that in the case of Lordorice and Imelda Djountsu, a Cameroonian family who have lived in South Belfast for two years, they shall be granted a 3 year stay in the six counties.

He said,

"Today John Reid, British Home Secretary, phoned me to say that the family have been allowed to stay in Ireland. He said that he has now defered the case and due to representations from Sinn Féin he has granted a three year stay.

"I welcome this announcement and view this a clear sign that Messrs Blair and Reid have listened to Sinn Féin's arguement and have taken the matter seriously and are granting the case of Lordorice and her baby the due attention and compassion it deserves.

"Lordorice and her 15 month old baby Imelda have returned to their home in South Belfast after a nightmare detention in England. This is a good news story for Lordorice and 15 month old Imelda and excellent news on 'Refugee Week' also. Sinn Féin is wholly committed to the rights for all our people including those who have sought refuge with us. Lordorice and her daughter should now be allowed to live in peace." Deireadh/Ends

Note to editors - Martin McGuinness shall be available for comment after the Executive meeting in Stormont today, Thursday 21st June.

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