Saturday 3 December 2016

Sovereignty has long been sold

Published 21/11/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- Some years ago Pamela Izevbekhai arrived in Ireland and claimed asylum. She came through Amsterdam, thus placing herself outside the Dublin Convention.

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She admitted using false papers, and this too should have placed her outside our law. Our law allowed her many attempts and appeals to prove otherwise, but rejected all her claims at each step. Despite this and the enormous costs involved, she was allowed bring her case to its final conclusion in the Supreme Court. It too rejected her. Yet she is still here and living well. Why? Because it was decided in the end that Europe must decide.

Reasoned argument should accept that if a country cannot decide who has the right to live within its borders, then it can no longer claim to have sovereignty.

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