Sunday 23 October 2016

Minister urges deportation case review

Rachel Lavin

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for a review of the deportation case of American Jane Fadely, criticising it as "a harsh interpretation" of existing immigration policy.

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Ms Fadely, who immigrated from the United States and is now living in Co Kerry, is facing a deportation order after the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) deemed her not financially self-sufficient enough to retain her residency.

Irish immigration policy dictates that non-EU nationals 'generally' must have a threshold of €50,000 per person, per annum and back-up funds sufficent to purchase property in Ireland. However, discretion can be applied to this policy and Ms Fadely insists that she is a good candidate for legal residency with "more than enough" to cover her expenses.

Ms Fadely who is retired and has written a memoir about living in Ireland, wrote about her case in the Irish Independent's Review Magazine on Saturday, asking: "Why doesn't Ireland not only want, but welcome with open arms, folks like me? I've been a respondible, respectiful citizen and a goodwill ambassador for Ireland."

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan said: "This is a harrowing case and it seems to me that this woman is suffering under a very harsh interpretation of our law."

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