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Irish businessman allowed to leave China after three years

Irish leasing executive Richard O’Halloran has returned home after a three-year wait. Chinese authorities had refused to allow him to leave the country in 2019 after his company became embroiled in a dispute with Chinese investors and authorities, the BBC reports. O’Halloran holds a supervisory position at CALS Ireland (China International Aviation Leasing Service). He has never been charged with a crime. Yet the exit ban remained in place until Dublin was now able to reach an agreement with China. Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney tweeted of a “traumatic three years” O’Halloran had to spend separated from his family. O’Halloran’s wife posted a picture of the entire family on Saturday following her husband’s return. fin

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