Gardai deny that mum being deported had miscarriage
Published 18/08/2011 | 05:00
ANTI-RACISM campaigners have clashed with the Government over whether a woman being deported to Nigeria had a miscarriage shortly before she was due to board a flight.
A group representing Olayinka Ijaware, a Nigerian mother of two who has been living in Co Waterford for four years, claim that she lost a seven-week-old foetus on Tuesday but was put on a deportation flight later that day, which subsequently did not take off.
However, the Department of Justice last night rejected the suggestion that she had had a miscarriage before the flight and said she was fit for travel.
Ms Ijaware was taken from her accommodation in Tramore early on Tuesday to Dublin Airport. She was then taken to the Rotunda Hospital for treatment after discussion with a doctor.
Rosanna Flynn from Residents Against Racism, a lobby group opposed to deportations, said: "She was actively bleeding. I saw her. She lost her baby and is very upset."
However, this claim has been denied by both the Department of Justice and garda sources.
A medical letter, from a senior house officer in the Rotunda Hospital, was reported yesterday as saying that Ms Ijaware was unfit for travel and was bleeding.
However, the actual copy of the letter said: "The above named patient (Ms Ijaware) is unfit for air travel if she is actively bleeding per vagina."
Last night a statement from the Department of Justice said she had been declared fit to travel by a doctor who examined her at the airport.
"According to information available, Ms Ijaware was not diagnosed as having had a miscarriage," it said.
The flight on which Ms Ijaware was supposed to return to Nigeria with her two children did not take off subsequently although garda sources have denied that this had anything to do with her case.
Ms Ijaware has been told to report to the Garda National Immigration Bureau in the next week for deportation.
She could not be contacted for comment yesterday.