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19th Oct 2018

George Hook Sparks Outrage With Tweet About Young Boy Facing Deportation

James Fenton

George Hook has drawn ire on social media today by referring to the case of nine-year-old Eric Zhi Ying Xue, who could be facing deportation from Ireland.

The story hit the headlines earlier this week after a petition was set up to prevent Eric’s deportation and Hook has now weighed in with his opinion on the matter.

Eric’s school, St. Cronan’s in Bray has called on the Department Of Justice to allow him to stay in Ireland while Health Minister Simon Harris, whose constituency includes the Co. Wicklow town, has backed the campaign. Eric’s mother moved to Ireland 12 years ago but her son has never been outside the country.

In a tweet posted this morning, Hook said ‘With trolly numbers at world record levels, Minister Simon Harris is worried – about a Chinese boy!!’ and the comment did not go down well with Twitter users.

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One person said it was a new low, even for Hook and another added ‘Do really want to be the Irish version of Piers Morgan?’

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Last year, Hook was removed from his Newstalk radio show for comments he made about victims of rape.

At the time of writing, over 40,000 people have signed the petition to keep Eric in Ireland.

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