Offaly teenager granted permission to stay in Ireland amid deportation fears

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Offaly teenager granted permission to stay in Ireland amid deportation fears

Offaly teenager granted permission to stay in Ireland amid deportation fears

An Offaly TD has said that 14-year-old Offaly boy Nonso Muojeke and his family have been granted permission to remain in Ireland depsite months of deportation dears.

The case of the Muojeke family has received much media attention in recent months as friends, classmates and politicians continue to call on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to intervene to prevent their deportation to Nigeria.

Fianna Fail TD Barry Cowen said on Wednesday, "Further to on-going representations I am delighted to be advised that Nonso & the Muojeke Family have been given permission under leave to remain in the State. I very much welcome the Department's decision to allow this family remain living in their local community of Tullamore."

Carol Nolan TD said: "I'm delighted that a positive decision to grant the Muojeke family the right to remain in Tullamore where they have become a central part of community life has been made today by the department."

"It was a pleasure to work with the Muojeke family, the staff of Tullamore College and many people from the community of Tullamore who worked tirelessly to ensure that justice was done. I want to take this opportunity to wish the Muojeke family all the best and hope that they will spend many happy years in Tullamore," she added.

A petition calling on the Minister to save the family from deportation earlier this year garnered well over 20,000 signatures from across the world. 

Nonso (14) is a student in Tullamore College and has been in Ireland since he was two years old. His brother Victor is also a past pupil of the Offaly school and is now studying at the University of Limerick.

The boys' mother moved from Nigeria to Ireland after their father died in 2006 and she, as a widow, became the property of her husband’s brother, as is the custom. She suffered mistreatment in that relationship and was forced to flee.

The family spent time in Direct Provision before moving to Laois and later to Tullamore with they became a part of the community.

Earlier this year, the boys' friends had also released an emotional plea to the Minister to prevent the deportation, describing them as friendly, bright, intelligent boys who identify totally as Irish, while Nonso himself protested outside the Dáil.

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