Failed asylum seeker secures injunction temporarily halting deportation

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A father-to-be has secured a High Court injunction temporarily halting his removal from the State.

The man, a failed asylum seeker who cannot be identified for legal reasons, claims his right to human dignity would be breached if he was to be deported so close to the birth of his and his Irish partner’s first child.

The man’s partner, the High Court heard, is due to give birth in the coming days and the couple would be “devastated” if the man was forced to leave Ireland.

Seeking an injunction to prevent his deportation until his action has been determined by the High Court, the man claims that the constitutional rights of the couple and the unborn child must be considered by the State given the circumstances of the instant case.

The injunction was granted on an ex parte basis where only one side was present at a vacation sitting of the High Court on Thursday by Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh.

The case raises similar legal arguments to those considered in a judgment by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys in July of last year concerning the rights of the unborn.

In March, the man’s lawyers wrote to the Minister for Justice asking that the deportation order be revoked and that an undertaking be given that he not be deported until that request had been determined.

No undertaking was given and the man, fearing his deportation was imminent, has brought proceedings against the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ireland and the Attorney General.

He seeks a declaration that the implementation of the deportation order before a determination has been made in respect of his application to have the exclusion order revoked would be unlawful.

Counsel said that deporting the man would be disproportionate, and that the failure to consider the application to revoke the order was unreasonable, irrational and unlawful.

After granting the injunction Ms Justice Ní Raifeartaigh also gave the man’s lawyers permission to bring judicial review proceedings aimed at having the deportation order set aside.

The judge made the matter returnable to April 24th next when the new legal term commences.

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