George Hook's comments on 'little Chinese boy' due to be deported spark anger
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George Hook's comments on 'little Chinese boy' due to be deported spark anger

The Irish broadcaster has condemned Minister Simon Harris for his involvement in the case.

George Hook has asked why Bray politician Simon Harris has expressed interest in preventing the deportation of a 9-year-old boy.

Eric Zhi Ying Xue, a 4th class pupil at St. Cronan's Boys' National School in Bray, is facing deportation to China despite being born in Ireland and never having lived anywhere else.

The nine-year-old's mother Leena Mei Mei Xue is a Chinese citizen, but Eric is not - meaning he will not enjoy the rights of a Chinese citizen if deported there.

Eric's school believes he is facing "imminent" deportation, along with his mother, and are pleading with the Department of Justice to allow him to remain in his home country.

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Eric's mother Leena arrived in Ireland 12 years, but a deportation order was served against her in 2015 after her attempts to be granted leave to remain in the country failed.

A final appeal by Ms Xue was rejected in June.

Mr Hook has questioned why Minister for Health, Simon for Harris, who originates from Bray, is "worried about a Chinese boy".

Hook's tweet sparked a backlash from Twitter users, criticising the radio presenter's views on the 9-year-old's potential future in Ireland.

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