NEWS — 26 May 2014

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By staff reporter

A Londonderry man’s Colombian-born wife, who could have been deported last Friday, has been given a reprieve until November.

Laura Durán, who is married to artist Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, had a deportation order deferred for six months after travelling to Heathrow with her family.

The London-based couple, who have a one-year-old son Emilio, said they were worried their family would be separated if Ms Duran was deported and called the reprieve a “small victory”.

Mr Ó Dochartaigh said it was the second time in a fortnight that the family had gone to Heathrow, not knowing whether Ms Durán would be deported or not.

He told the BBC: “This whole saga is unlawful anyway, what we’re going through, and that’s becoming apparent by the fact that they’ve let her stay for a temporary admission for this length of time.”

Mr Ó Dochartaigh said fighting several appeals on the case was eating into the family’s savings, adding that Ms Durán was not permitted to take on a paid job while it was pending.

Ms Durán, also an artist, worked at the Turner Prize exhibition during Derry’s City of Culture celebrations. They met at a London art college three years ago.

Ms Durán was in the UK on a study visa, but after the pair’s marriage the following year they applied for permanent residence for her as the wife of an EU national. This was refused last October, and an appeal turned down this April.

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