Rakaya is an Irish child, a fellow citizen, and our responsibility

Rakaya is an Irish child, a fellow citizen, and our responsibility
Syrian refugees fleeing the war against the islamic State. ‘Somewhere near the Turkish-Syrian border, there are Irish children whose citizenship is as real as DeSouza’s but whose vulnerability is far more acute’ Pic: Getty

We owe it to the daughter of former Irish Air Corps member Lisa Smith, who became a so-called ‘Isis bride’, to do everything we can to bring them home from Syria

Two Irish citizens got their rights trampled on last week. One was the subject of Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil and widespread media coverage; the other, a toddler, seemed to be largely an afterthought.

Derry woman Emma DeSouza is, by right and by law, an Irish citizen; last week, a Belfast tribunal found that she is also, by law, a British citizen. DeSouza’s ongoing fight against this involuntary British citizenship has made her something...

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