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No deportation of parents of Irish children

15 April, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD responded angrily to news today that the Minister for Justice is preparing to deport at least 200 parents of Irish children.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "This morning I learned that over 200 residents, mostly men, at two Dublin hostels yesterday received letters from the immigration authorities. These letters stated that they must report to a Garda in their hostel everyday at 5 o clock. They were told that this was being set in place to prepare for their mass deportation. I am informed that these people are all parents of Irish children.

"Seventy of these men from a hostel on Gardiner Street are at the moment on hunger strike and I believe there are another thirty preparing to go on hunger strike at a hostel on Hatch Street.

"I want the Minister to hear this loud and clear. Mass deportations are wrong and I believe contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights. No parents of Irish children should be removed from this country. All Irish child citizens must have the equal right to remain in their country of nationality in the care and company of their parents. I am calling on Minister McDowell to suspend any deportation plans and grant permanent residency to these parents to safeguard the rights of these children and their families."ENDS

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