Rally for fugitive teen facing deportation
FORMER IRA activist Rose Dugdale joined an angry crowd to protest against the deportation of a Nigerian boy, who has gone on the run.
The English-born heiress, previously jailed for her part in a fine art robbery at Russborough House in Wicklow, was among around 40 angry sympathisers who gathered outside the Department of Justice yesterday.
Along with supporters of the Residents Against Racism group, she voiced her opposition to the deportation of Adebola Adeniran (17) and his family over loudspeakers outside the building on St Stephen's Green in Dublin. Ms Dugdale shouted "let them stay" with Adebola's school pals from Balbriggan Community College.
The youngster, due to be made a class prefect next year, has been in hiding with his mother, brother and sisters since his father Adbul was deported last week.
The family sought asylum, claiming their lives were in danger due to their political affiliations.
Adebola's school friend Fatima Aydin, originally from Turkey, was among those protesting. "We want Adebola to finish his Leaving Cert next year," she said.
Another schoolmate and Nigerian, Tunde Toki (16), said his friend was very worried the last time they spoke.