[chinese blood, irish heart] - DEFUNCT: Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat... again!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat... again!

Congratulations to all those who campaigned for 19 year old Olunkunle Eluhanle's return to Ireland from Nigeria: Palmerstown Community School, Socialist Youth, Teachers Union of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin, Joe Higgins, Willie O'Dea and others.
Michael McDowell now grants Eluhanle a six month visa, just in time to do his Leaving Certificate. He was deported during the St.Patrick's weekend still wearing his school uniform. Abandoned in Lagos without money, he was lucky to be sheltered by the local priest. In a phone interview with RTE News he stated that he would commit suicide if his situation does not improve.
But I wonder if Eluhanle hadn't been deported in such a blatant manner and without the supplementary media coverage, would the public have cared? If Eluhanle wasn't wearing the clear green uniform of Palmerstown, I don't think he would've made front pages of the newspapers as it's not sensational enough. Hence it wouldn't have mitigated such public support. Hmm, maybe all deportees should start wearing Irish jerseys!