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METRO Friday, May 2, 2008



INFORMATION ‘Illegal’ parents can stay in Ireland

Metro moments at the speed of life

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METRO Weather THE Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Nigerian parents of two Irish-born boys to remain in the State based on the personal rights of their

children. The Court ruled the Minister for Justice did not consider the rights of the Irish citizen child in issuing deportation orders against the parents of 11-year-old

Ifedinma, George and Ethelbert Dimbo have a right to stay in Ireland as a family

George Dimbo and four-yearold Chuka Paul Oguekwe, including the right to the society, care and company of their parents and to protection of the family.

Urban Life helping Government policy BY ROSS McDONAGH

MEMBERS of Metro’s Urban Life panel, who loyally take a few minutes out of their working day every now and again to complete our Urban Life surveys, have actually been helping the Government with its integration policies. Minister for Integration Conor Lenihan yesterday launched a Statement on Integration and Diversity Management, and to get the most accurate idea on attitudes of and toward foreign na-


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tionals here, the minister turned to Metro and our Urbanites, using the data to help launch ‘Migration Nation’. Presenting the minister with the Urban Life data, Metro managing director Lee Thompson

said there was a positive attitude toward living and integrating into Irish society among foreign national Urbanites. ‘There appears to be a high level of day-to-day contact and socialisation between Irish and foreign Urbanites, and there is a positive intention to stay in Ireland in the medium to long term,’ he said. Mr Lenihan said: ‘By putting the proper structures in place and… planning for the future, we can avoid the difficulties… other countries have experienced.’

RTÉ employees to strike for pension

THE RTÉ Trade Union Group has confirmed the two largest unions, Siptu and the National Union of Journalists, have voted for industrial action over pensions. A spokesperson confirmed the group would arrange a meeting as soon as possible to decide what action to take on foot of the ballot result. RTÉ said it hopes the union group will consider invoking the assistance of the National Implementation Body. Up to 1990, all RTÉ staff were in a guaranteed superannuation pension scheme. However, new entrants since then have been in a defined contribution pension scheme, which carries no guarantee of final pension.

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Padraic Moyles and Melissa Coverny TWO Riverdance stars are set to waltz down the aisle as they tie the knot in the middle of the show’s Irish tour. Padraic Moyles and Melissa Coverny, who first met on tour in the US five years ago, both lived in Castleknock in Dublin as children, but Padraic emigrated to New York with his family at aged eight. Niamh is the only person still in the troupe who danced in this first performance of the show when it opened at the Point in 1995.

Councillor helped businessman plan

A PROMINENT businessman has told the George Redmond corruption trial he used the Fianna Fáil chief whip on Dublin County Council, the late Mr Patrick Dunne, to assist him in planning matters. Robert (Pino) Harris, who owns a truck distribution business, said the deceased Cllr Dunne would ‘do all the planning for us’. Mr Haris was speaking at a hearing in which Redmond denies receiving Ir£10,000 from Mr Dunne relating to a compulsory purchase order on a farm in north-west Dublin.