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Call for last minute intervention in Agbonlahor case

14 August, 2007

Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan has called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to make a last minute intervention to stop the deportation of an autistic boy and his family to Nigeria. Councillor Doolan called on the Minister to live up to the Government's claim to value child protection.

Speaking today as the Agbonlahor family are about to be deported Doolan said, "Even at this late stage I would call on Minister Lenihan to show some compassion and make a last minute intervention to stop the deportation of young Great Agbonlahor who has been diagnosed with autism.

"Six year old Great, who was born in Italy and has never been to Nigeria, cannot expect to receive the special care and attention he requires in his mother's home country. In fact society in Nigeria has not got a good understanding of Great's condition and he may well be treated as an outsider.

"In calling for a referendum on children's rights this Government has said it values child protection. I want to appeal to Minister Lenihan to live up to that claim, make a last minute intervention and make the best interest of this young child paramount." ENDS

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