Tuesday, 22 March 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
494. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of a person’s application (details supplied) to remain in Ireland; the length of time it will be before a decision is made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8976/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The person concerned made an application for permission to remain in the State on the basis of her parentage of an Irish born child under the revised arrangements on 24 January 2005. Applications are being dealt with as expeditiously as possible and, where possible, in order of receipt. To date, more than 15,000 applications have been received and almost 3,000 permissions to remain have been granted.
A significant number of incomplete applications are being held pending the submission of identity documents or of additional information. Given the number of applications being processed, it will take several weeks before the processing of the application from the person concerned will be completed.
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