Brazilian man celebrates ‘quiet’ homecoming with his family in Athenry following reversal of deportation order

By Sharon Dolan D’Arcy

Brazilian man Lucivaldo Araujo da Silva has been reunited with his family in Athenry.

Mr. da Silva’s three children Stephany, Bryan, and Nicole presented him with a cake to mark his return. The family of five had a quiet family celebration in their home in the town centre yesterday evening.

The family pictured celebrating yesterday

He travelled with his partner Danielle Martins Ribeiro back to Galway after his release from Cloverhill prison yesterday and the announcement by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan that he will not be deported today.

Two of his children are in primary school in Athenry. Stephany Bianka Martins Ribeiro (12) attends Scoil Chroi Naofa and Bryan Martins Araujo (9) is a student at the Boys’ National School in Athenry.

Speaking to Galway Pulse, the principal of the Boys’ National School, Mr. John Connolly said: “The school is obviously delighted that Lucivaldo has been reunited with his family and we are particularly delighted for his son, a third class pupil in our school”.

Mr. da Silva’s family and friends supported by TD Anne Rabbitte and Councillor Gabe Cronnelly undertook a campaign on social media and in local and national media to highlight his detention in prison and imminent deportation. Speaking on the Sean O’Rourke Today programme on Radio 1 yesterday morning, Anne Rabbitte explained that Mr. da Silva had been in the process of trying to regularise his situation in Ireland when he was arrested on February 2nd on foot of his deportation order.

Commenting on the news of Mr. da Silva’s release, Athenry-Oranmore councillor and deputy mayor, Gabe Cronnelly said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been involved with this case along with Anne Rabbitte and everyone else who genuinely supported this family in their time of need.”

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