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Sunday 19 January 2020

Irishman being sent home from Australia

Bernard Lee
Bernard Lee
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

An Irishman who is being held in a detention centre in Australia is expected to return to Ireland in the coming days.

Bernard Lee (26), originally from Greystones, Co Wicklow, is being held at Yongah Hill Detention Centre near Perth after he failed to secure residency and his working visa was cancelled.

He was detained by armed police and immigration officials on July 25. He had been living in Australia for seven years.

Mr Lee will now be escorted by security officials from Perth, in handcuffs, back to Ireland on Friday night.

The tiler and bodybuilder was relieved to hear last Saturday of his imminent release.

"All the security guards have said that they've never seen someone get home from here after only 11 days," he said.

"There's a big smile on my face, I can tell you that."

Irish Independent

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