Offaly boy facing deportation protests outside the Dáil

Nonso was joined by TDs and friends

Justin Kelly

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Offaly boy facing deportation protests outside the Dáil

Nonso pictured with TDs Brid Smith and Richard Boyd Barrett outside the Dáil

Nonso Muojeke, his family and friends, as well as a number of politicians, have been protesting against the family's impending deportation outside the Dáil today, Thursday, June 14.

A petition, signed by 20,000 people, asking Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to halt a deportation order against an Offaly family was delivered to the Dáil on Thursday morning.

Nonso Moujeke, a Tullamore College student, and his family face deportation to Nigeria unless the Minister steps in, despite Nonso (14) living in Ireland since he was two years old. 

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The Muojeke family moved to Ireland after Mrs Moujeke's husband died and she became the property of her brother in law, as is custom. She fled an abusive relationship with her two young sons. 

PICTURED: TDs including Carol Nolan, Barry Cowen, Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett and Willie O'Dea show support for the Moujeke family at the Dáil protest 

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is coming under increasing pressure to overturn the deportation order which was upheld in the High Court last week.

An emergency meeting with politicians and delivery of the Uplift petition - signed by 20,000 people - was organised at the Dáil for Thursday morning shortly after 11am. 

In order to continue to put pressue on Charlie Flanagan, campaigners are continuing to call on people to email their local TD and the Minsiter himself to advocate for the Muojeke family to be allowed stay in Ireland.

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