WATCH: The sheer emotion in Tullamore College as Nonso Muojeke
The news that Nonso Muojeke and his family had been granted permission to remain in Ireland despite months of deportation fears was met with an outpouring of emotion from his fellow students in Tullamore College.
The students had been to the forefront of a campaign to 'Save Nonso' which ultimately resulted in Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan intervening this week. As this report from RTE shows, the successful culmination of months of campaigning led to an outpouring of emotion in the school.
Celebrations at Tullamore College after 14-year-old student was granted leave to remain in Ireland pic.twitter.com/119kT9mG5y— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 11, 2018
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.