Staying In Tonight?




On RTE One at 7pm.

Inside The GPO.

Gareth Naughton writes:

Regina Philip, originally from Tanzania, was granted asylum in Ireland but her daughter only made it as far as Paris. She is now 14-years-old and has been living in a hostel in the care of the French authorities for the last eight years.

When viewers meet Regina, she is sending a parcel of clothing to her daughter. She tells them: “I miss her a lot. I wish we can be together always. Circumstance doesn’t allow”.

Regina came to Ireland by way of Kenya and South Africa. She was lucky enough to find asylum but her daughter, who was just six-years-old when she arrived in Paris, is unable to join her here.

“She came to France when she was young, now she is 14. She has been there eight years with no family, with nobody. It is hard and it is sad. I am working out if I can go there or she can come here,” Regina tells viewers.

Inside the GPO goes behind the scenes at one of the country’s most iconic buildings. Best known as the headquarters of the 1916 Rising, the GPO has been at the heart of Irish life for 200 years. This series goes behind the scenes at Ireland’s busiest post office; home to 950 staff, a microcosm of Irish society, and caretaker of letters, parcels, hopes and stories

17 thoughts on “Staying In Tonight?

    1. ReproBertie

      Yeah, that’s pretty disgraceful treatment of people. These are human beings after all and we’re all in this together.

  1. ahjayzis

    I’m actually really surprised there’s not a rule that allows dependent kids to join their parents or that this isn’t a massive rights violation?

    1. Jesus Wept

      There is.’Family reunification’, Section 18 of the refugee act 1996.If somebody is granted asylum they are entitled to apply for immediate family to join them under ‘family unification’.There is more to this story (as always).It is possible that either child or adult’s identity is in doubt.Always more to these fabels.

  2. ahyeah

    A mother left her 6-year-old daughter living in Paris “with no family, with nobody” while she was living in Dublin?

    Sorry, just not buying that. Doesn’t matter how it would affect her asylum application or anything else…no parent would leave a 6-year-old child alone in a foreign city for a minute, let alone 8 years.

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      That was the part that I found peculiar too.

      I didn’t see the documentary, did they explore this any further?

      1. Tish Mahorey

        You were just waiting for someone to attack the victim first before you added to the judgement.

      1. human

        RTE is a joke….. All the talented young people who might improve it have immigrated ironically ….

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