Family deported minus 7 year old child

A row has broken out as Gardai in the ROI, during a mass deportation of Romanians, failed to include a seven year old child whose present whereabouts is unknown.Boy, 7, left behind as family deported

The story has also received coverage on UTV – Search underway for Romanian boy and Boy left behind after parents deported to Romania

It has been claimed that no attempt was made to locate the boy after Gardai discovered he was not at school. (UTV report)

From Breaking News report:

Rosanna Flynn, spokeswoman for Residents Against Racism, said the family had been in the country for three years.

Ms Flynn said Garda National Bureau of Immigration (GNBI) had gone into the boy’s school looking for him, but he was with a relative, so they took his parents without him.

She said Education Minister Mary Hanafin had already called for an end to incidents of the GNBI going into schools and said questions would be asked in the Dail over the issue.

Ms Flynn added the boy’s mother had been very upset at Dublin Airport.

“We’re calling again for asylum to be taken out of the hands of politicians and given to a body such as a human rights commission, because it’s a human rights issue,” she said.

Ms Flynn also said the anti-racism group was demanding greater transparency in asylum process which she said was currently “done so secretly”.

“Why are we spending money to deport people to Romania, when in two years’ time it will be part of the EU?” she added.

Romania is one of five countries with which a new accelerated process is in place to deal with asylum applications.

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