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Minister must intervene in Great Agbonlahor impending deportation - Doolan

27 July, 2007

Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan has called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to immediately intervene in the autistic Nigerian boy, Great Agbonlahor’s impending deportation. 

Cllr. Doolan said:

“The Agbonlahor family’s case has become a matter of humanitarian urgency as their Solicitor has today confirmed with Great’s mother that the family are to be moved to a dentention centre on August 7th and deported on the 13th.

“As Sinn Féin noted recently one of Michael McDowell’s last decisions before being rejected by the electorate, was to uphold a court decision to deport the Agbonlahor family. 

“This was despite the fact that the court decision had to be taken without regard to Great Agbonlahor’s condition as the diagnosis was made after the hearing but before the ruling.

“This young boy has never even lived in Africa.  To move him to Nigeria, a developing country without resources and facilities needed to treat him and ensure his safety and well being, will only exacerbate his condition.

“I am today calling on the Minister to immediately intervene in the case of this autistic child and grant him, his sister and Mother leave to stay in Ireland. The values of a society can only be judged by how it treats those most vulnerable who live within it.” CRÍOCH

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