Carol Nolan asks Minister to 'urgently intervene' to save Offaly family from deportation
Offaly TD Carol Nolan is calling on the Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan to intervene urgently to stop the imminent deportation of the Muojeke family from Tullamore.
The 14-year-old Tullamore College student is facing deportation to Nigeria along with his mother and brother unless a number of legal challenges or the Minister comes to their rescue. An appeal and petition for Flanagan to step in has amassed over 18,000 signatures.
Speaking today from the constituency the Offaly-North Tipperary TD stated, “I am urgently seeking the Minister’s immediate intercession following the High Court decision to uphold the issuing of a Deportation Order in respect of the Muojeke Family from Tullamore."
"I understand that the Order will be affected within 10 days of the High Court decision and I have asked the Minister to employ the discretion of his Office to grant this family Leave to Remain on Humanitarian Grounds," she added.
Last week Deputy Nolan raised the issue in the Dáil, however as the case was before the courts, the Minister refrained from comment at that time.
Since then the High Court has completed its determination and on Tuesday the Deportation Order was deployed. Deputy Nolan commented further that “I have asked the Minister to consider the humanitarian circumstances of this case which fall outside the statutory grounds for International Protection. I propose to raise these human rights issues further when the Dáil resumes next week.”
Nonso and Victor Muojeke and their widowed mother have been domiciled in Ireland for over a decade having fled an abusive situation in Nigeria and are fully integrated into the local community of Tullamore. Deputy Nolan stated that the family are by now defacto Irish residents.
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