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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #87* - INTO Branch Opposes Tactics Of Deportation Cops

Date Tue, 02 Aug 2005 07:33:29 +0300

People throughout the country were shocked at the
inhumanity of Michael McDowell's deportation policy when
before Easter this year a plane-load of Nigerians were ripped
from the communities in which they had been living for the
last number of years and thrown out of the country. In
particular the case of Leaving Cert. student, Kunle Elukanlo,
struck a chord with large sections of the public.

Kunle's fellow-students were not content to simply allow this
to happen to their classmate and friend. By organising
themselves and by taking their protests to the streets they
forced the Minister for Justice into an about-turn and Kunle
had to be returned to Ireland. Equally shocking for many
people were the stories -from Athlone, Monaghan and Kerry
-of immigration cops entering schools in an aggressive manner
looking for children who they wished to deport. It shocked
teachers and parents alike to think that this could happen.

All parents like to think that their children are safe when they
send them to school, and that they are going to return home
safely. Imagine the horror for young children seeing their
classmates being wrenched from among them. Imagine the
horror for those children who are removed from their school in
this manner.

At the annual congress of the Irish National Teachers
Organisation (INTO),these actions by the gardai were roundly
condemned by the outgoing president, Austin Corcoran, who
called for schools to become safe places for all children -to be
given the status of embassies. This would mean that cops
would not be entitled to come in to schools looking for people
they want to deport.

Now the Dublin City North Branch of the INTO has passed a
motion endorsing this call and it is hoped that more branches
within the union will take up this issue and that by next year's
annual congress a campaign will be launched in the union to
make this a reality.

The full text of the motion passed is: Dublin City North INTO

1.Condemns the actions of immigration authorities who
earlier this year entered schools seeking children for

2.Endorses the statement by outgoing INTO president
Austin Corcoran at Congress 2005 that "Parents should have
an assurance that when their children are sent to school they
will not be abducted from their place of learning by the state."

3.Further endorses the call of Austin Corcoran for schools to
be given the status of embassies and calls on the CEC and all
sections of the INTO to campaign to make this a reality.

4.Agrees to circulate this motion to all branches of the
INTO seeking their support on this issue.

Similar motions being passed by parents' organisations and
committees would help strengthen the call so if you a parents'
association, you know someone who is, maybe you too could
take on this issue.

Gregor Kerr - Member Dublin City North INTO (personal
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