Carol Nolan calls for Offaly boy to be saved from deportation in the Dáil
Today in the Dáil, Offaly TD Carol Nolan raised the issue of the prospective deportation of Offaly boy Nonso Muojeke and his family and sought intervention from the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.
Speaking under Promised Legislation Carol held the Minister to account on their commitments to family and children under the Direct Provision Asylum system.
Nolan referenced the Government’s commitment to mitigate the negative impact of the asylum process on the lives of families and especially children and asked the Minister a number of questions:
“Are you committed to supporting children who have become victims of such detention? Do you accept that a 14-year-old who has spent 12 of those years in Ireland under that Asylum system is a defacto Irish resident and, would, in your opinion, the deportation of an entire family of two teenage brothers and their widowed mother who are integrated into Irish society, back to the legal ownership of the mother’s brother-in-law, have a negative impact on family life?
Deputy Nolan concluded by stating that “Nonso and Victor Muojeke and their mother is one such family” and asked the Minister “Are you committed to commuting the deportation from Offaly of the Muojeke family on humanitarian grounds?"
Minister Flanagan responded by stating that he is aware of the case of the Muojeke family and as the matter is presently before the courts, it would not be appropriate to comment in the Dáil at this time.
Afterwards Deputy Nolan commented stating that she will continue to advocate for clemency for the Muojeke family and commended the local community on their campaigning and petitioning.
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