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Monday 25 September 2017

Justice Minister has change of heart and reverses decision to deport Aline's mum

HERALD angel Aline Barros -- paralysed in a hit-and-run accident -- was today delighted Dermot Ahern reversed the decision to deport her mother.

As first revealed in this newspaper last night Aline (27) had been distraught at the prospect of seeing her mother Sylwia deported to Brazil later this week.

But Ahern, the Minister for Justice, stepped in at the last minute, agreeing to allow Sylwia to stay while a court case in relation to the accident goes ahead.

Within a few hours of the Herald branding Ahern 'Heartless' for the deportation decision, he reversed it.

Herald readers flooded the newsroom with calls of support for Aline and her mum.

A solicitors firm even offered to represent the family. Today Aline and her mum thanked readers and the Justice Minister for his last minute change of heart.

She was cycling to work to deliver Herald AM newspapers when she was hit by a car in Dublin city centre two years ago. She was left partially paralysed and in constant pain.

After the court case ends, the student is hoping to return home where she will continue her treatment. Aline said she and her mother are "so happy" the the order was reversed.

She intends to thank Ahern in a letter.

Ahern, after reading the case in the Herald, described Aline's case as "tragic" and asked to see her file insisting the Government was not heartless.

"Obviously it looks a very tragic case and we are not heartless but at the same time we have immigration laws and we have to be sure people aren't trying to circumvent them. But I will look at this case as favourably as I can.

"It's the question of the mother who came over to look after her and has had a visa granted and extended on a number of occasions," the minister had said.

Sylwia, who came from Brazil to care for her daughter, had been instructed to leave the country by Thursday next.

comurphy@herald.ie

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