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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Keith Duffy 'furious' as wife and special needs daughter Mia separated by airport security

Published 15/02/2014 | 16:17

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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
Keith Duffy misses being part of a group while competing in Splash!
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Mia Duffy with her father, Keith, mother, Lisa, and brother, Jordan

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

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The singer took to social media to voice 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 only allow 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 so upset and furious! My poor little girl...,” he wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.

At first, Mr Duffy mistakenly believed that airliner Ryanair 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 said.

“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 onboard their next Ryanair flight."

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

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Dublin Airport Authority said it hasn't received any complaint about such an incident, but any complaint would be fully investigated.

Mr Duffy 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 into 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.

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