Wednesday 13 December 2017

Minister urges deportation case review

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan

Rachel Lavin

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for a review of the deportation case of American Jane Fadely, criticising it as "a harsh interpretation" of existing immigration policy.

Ms Fadely, who immigrated from the United States and is now living in Co Kerry, is facing a deportation order after the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) deemed her not financially self-sufficient enough to retain her residency.

Irish immigration policy dictates that non-EU nationals 'generally' must have a threshold of €50,000 per person, per annum and back-up funds sufficent to purchase property in Ireland. However, discretion can be applied to this policy and Ms Fadely insists that she is a good candidate for legal residency with "more than enough" to cover her expenses.

Ms Fadely who is retired and has written a memoir about living in Ireland, wrote about her case in the Irish Independent's Review Magazine on Saturday, asking: "Why doesn't Ireland not only want, but welcome with open arms, folks like me? I've been a respondible, respectiful citizen and a goodwill ambassador for Ireland."

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan said: "This is a harrowing case and it seems to me that this woman is suffering under a very harsh interpretation of our law."

Sunday Independent

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