Keep Stephanie in Ireland
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Stephanie Dick has been living in Ireland since the beginning of 2000. Since arriving in Ireland, Stephanie has been an active and contributing member of our local communities be that in Kinsale, Cork, Cape Clear, Galway, Inishmore, or Connemara.
Stephanie is a US citizen. When she first arrived in Ireland, she had her passport regularly stamped by Gardaí in Bandon, Co. Cork. Stephanie was given the PPS number of a citizen on arrival in Ireland. Throughout the years, she has been told by Gardaí, politicians, and even in a letter from the government, that as she is a tax paying resident of the state, she does not need a visa. She has worked consistently since her arrival and she has always paid taxes. She has never claimed any sort of social welfare or received any sort of financial support from the state.
In October, she had a visit from Immigration Gardaí from Clifden, Co. Galway. The Gardaí advised she get an Immigration Solicitor, which she did and they applied to the Irish government for her residency. On the 30th November Stephanie received a Deportation Order to leave the state. This is being appealed. She is working closely with her immigration solicitor, but they need our help to show the state and our politicians that Stephanie is a valued and loved member of our community and that we want her to remain in Ireland.
Stephanie is passionate about rural Ireland and has spent most of her time here in rural communities, particularly in Gaeltacht areas. She spent a lot of time on Cape Clear island working with Ed on his goat farm. She founded and ran Mór Tours, a tour company from Galway leading people on cycling tours around Inishmore. Stephanie is currently living in Connemara, very successfully managing a Connemara hostel. There, she is continuing her love of goats by rescuing and keeping a beautiful three footed goat she named Lady Go-Go. The reviews for the hostel since Stephanie took over are full of praise for her and love for Go-Go. Go-Go was recently in Connemara news, when a French specialist in prosthetics returned to the hostel with a leg he had specially made for her.
See Steph and Lady Go Go in a video shared by Connacht Tribute.
Stephanie's story was covered by the Irish Mirror on the 9th December Lady Gogo: Rescuer of famous three-legged goat faces deportation without beloved animal
If Stephanie were forced to leave, Ireland would be the worse for it. We as an island community, would lose someone who passionately cares about this land and its people, and we would lose a valuable friend.
Stephanie is a resident of Galway West constituency. Please, please, sign this petition, writing to the members of our parliament for Galway West, as well as the Minister for Justice, and Minister of State for Justice.
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