Monday 25 September 2017

Dozens forcibly deported on back of new law

Ms Fitzgerald insisted safeguards remained in place to ensure a person would not be sent back to a country where they would be in danger. Photo: Tom Burke
Ms Fitzgerald insisted safeguards remained in place to ensure a person would not be sent back to a country where they would be in danger. Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

More than 30 people have been forcibly removed from the State in the past six months, new data has revealed.

The figure is thought to include a suspected Isil sympathiser who was deported to Jordan in July after failing to persuade the High Court he should be considered for asylum.

He was forcibly removed despite claiming he was at risk of torture due to his religious and political beliefs.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said 33 persons have been forcibly removed by gardaí out of a total of 193 deportations since March 10.

Normally people who are the subject of a deportation order leave the State voluntarily.

Under the International Protection Act, introduced earlier this year, an immigration officer or a garda can arrest, detain and deport someone who has ignored a deportation order against them. No warrant is required to make the arrest.

Responding to a parliamentary question from Independent TD Mattie McGrath, the Tánaiste said that since the legislation was introduced an increase in the level of compliance with deportation orders had been seen.

Ms Fitzgerald insisted safeguards remained in place to ensure a person would not be sent back to a country where they would be in danger.

"The safety of returning a person is fully considered in every case when deciding whether or not to make a deportation order," she said.

"A person shall not be expelled from the State or returned in any manner whatsoever to a State where the life or freedom of that person would be threatened on account of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion."

Irish Independent

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