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Thursday 17 April 2014

Duffy furious as airport parts Mia from her mum

Keith Duffy,Lisa Duffy with kids Mia Duffy and Jay Duffy  pictured at Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball at The Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry  in aid of Irish Autism Action  and Saplings School Rathfarnham

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Keith Duffy,Lisa Duffy with kids Mia Duffy and Jay Duffy pictured at Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball in aid of Irish Autism Action and Saplings School Rathfarnham Picture:Brian McEvoy

BOYZONE star Keith Duffy was left furious after his wife and special needs daughter were separated at Dublin Airport.

The singer took to social media to vent his anger about an incident that took place after a flight to London was cancelled due to the storms.

Mr Duffy's wife, Lisa, had to return from the arrivals area of the airport to the baggage area to collect her luggage following a cancelled flight yesterday.

However, airport security would allow only one person back into the area, so 13-year-old Mia, who is autistic, had to wait behind with a security guard.

"Separating a mother and her special needs daughter (is) disgusting I'm (sic) so upset and furious! My poor little girl," he wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.

At first, Mr Duffy mistakenly believed that airline Ryan-air was responsible for the separation. However, it later emerged that this was not the case.

"We understand that this passenger and her daughter were separated in the arrivals hall at Dublin Airport," a spokesperson for Ryanair told the Sunday Independent.

"While we regret the situation, it had nothing to do with Ryanair. We have been in contact with the passenger and look forward to welcoming them on board their next Ryanair flight."

Mr Duffy later thanked Ryanair for its professional approach to his concerns.

The singer has been a strong supporter of autism charities and is outspoken on issues surrounding the condition.

Last year comedian Brendan O'Carroll gave Mia her first break in the entertainment industry.

Mia had spoken of her desire to follow her father into show business.

Mrs Brown's Boys star O'Carroll happily obliged, by taking the teenager under his wing and shooting a number of scenes with her on set.

A spokesperson for the Dublin Airport Authority said that it had not received any complaint about the incident.

She added that any complaint made would be fully investigated.

Luke Byrne

Sunday Independent

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