Tuesday 21 January 2020

Crash victim's mum can stay

Brazilian injured in hit-and-run relieved as mother gets deportation reprieve

Aline Barros with her mother Sylvia. Photo: Aline Quinn
Aline Barros with her mother Sylvia. Photo: Aline Quinn

Fergus Black

A HIT-and-run victim paralysed in a horrific accident two years ago was last night planning to send Justice Minister Dermot Ahern a big "thank you" letter.

Brazilian student Aline Barros (27) was facing the prospect of seeing her mother Sylvia deported to Brazil this week because her visitor visa had run out.

But following the minister's intervention, Mrs Barros has now been told she can remain while a court case in relation to the accident goes ahead.

"I am so happy," a delighted Aline said from her Dublin apartment last night. "My mother is so delighted and I will send a letter to the minister saying thank you very much."

Aline was cycling to work to deliver 'Herald AM' newspapers when she was hit by a car in Dublin city centre. It left her partially paralysed and in constant crippling pain.

"I miss my job and the most difficult thing is the cost but the Brazilian community here and Irish friends are helping me.

"I was in terrible pain after the accident and sometimes I only got one or two hours sleep."

She said she was now hoping to return home after the court case ended and would continue her treatment for her injuries.

Mr Ahern had earlier described Aline's case as "tragic" and said he had asked to see the file concerning her mother, saying that the Government was not heartless.

"Obviously it looks a very tragic case and we are not heartless but at the same time we have immigration laws and we have to be sure people aren't trying to circumvent them. But I will look at this case as favourably as I can.

"It's the question of the mother who came over to look after her and has had a visa granted and extended on a number of occasions."

But last night a spokesman said that after reviewing the file, the minister had decided to allow Aline's mother to stay on until such time as the legal action was over.

Irish Independent

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