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Missionary pleads to be let back in

A MALAYSIAN missionary is appealing after she was refused entry back into Ireland after a short trip to the UK.

Maria Susei Mary Jeyarani (61), who had lived in Co Roscommon since 2007, was told at the airport she could be a threat to national security.

After two days in prison, the Catholic lay missionary was deported.

She is appealing at the High Court. Her lawyers say she was never given a reason why she was a threat to national security and that her removal was unlawful. The case was adjourned to later this month.

Ms Jeyarani, who is currently living in Selangor, Malaysia but has an address at Abbey Court, French Park, Co Roscommon, has claimed that she was entitled to entry as a result of a letter she received from the Irish National Immigration Services on January 4, 2012 stating she had permission to be in the State until January, 2013.

The court heard that Ms Jeyarani had worked for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order. In Ireland she had worked mainly with the sick and members of the Traveller community.

She was stopped at Knock Airport on February 9 after a prayer meeting in Britain.