Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has held a private meeting with the Minister for Justice to advocate on behalf of a family with two young girls from Ballyjamesduff who face deportation.

Samia Eman and Fatima Noreen, who moved with their family to Ireland in 2015, are entirely deaf and there is a campaign to allow them to stay in Cavan for medical treatment.

Deputy Smyth commented, “I have met with the Basharat family in my constituency office in Ballyjamesduff and listened to their concerns. I believe their reasons are genuine and they explained to me the medical conditions both young girls live with. There is no possibility that the care received here could be replicated outside our State if deported.

I privately met with the Minister for Justice in Leinster House and advocated on behalf of the two girls. Myself, the family, the community of Ballyjamesduff and the five thousand plus signatories of the petition want the girls to remain apart of our community. I hope the Minister gives the matter greater consideration following our meeting,” concluded Deputy Smyth.