Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration Fiona O’Loughlin TD says she is shocked and appalled at the experience endured by a Brazilian tourist, Paloma Aparecida Silva-Carvalho on her arrival in Ireland earlier this week.
Deputy O’Loughlin said, “I am simply aghast at what happened to Ms Silva-Carvalho. While I appreciate the need to uphold immigration laws, I find the decision to subject her to a strip search and to detain her overnight in Mountjoy Prison absolutely reprehensible.
“Let’s be clear here. Prisons are for convicted criminals, not for holiday makers looking to visit friends living in Ireland, or even for people awaiting deportation. The Department of Justice says there are plans in place to provide a dedicated facility for those awaiting deportation. These plans clearly need to be rapidly expedited.
“I understand there is no visa requirement for Brazilian visitors, if their stay is within a 90 day timeframe. What happened to Ms. Silva-Carvalho is inexcusable, incomprehensible and seems wholly disproportionate. I will be raising the matter with the Minister for Justice and Equality. It’s important that this incident is thoroughly examined so that the same mistake is not repeated in the future,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.