Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Thursday, 30 June 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 605 No. 5

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  545.  Mr. G. Mitchell  Information on Gay Mitchell  Zoom on Gay Mitchell   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   if he will re-examine or allow a further appeal in the case of a person (details supplied) seeking asylum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23957/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The person concerned, a Cameroon national, arrived in the State on 22 April 2003 and applied for asylum. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, she was informed by letter, dated 14 June 2005, that the Minister proposed to make a deportation order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons she should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State, leaving the State before an order is made or consenting to the making of a deportation order. To date, no representations have been received by or on behalf of the person concerned other than a letter from her solicitors seeking a copy of her file in order to determine whether she has a basis for seeking judicial review of her situation.

The position is that her case file, irrespective of whether she chooses to make representations, will be considered under section 3(6) of the Immi[1947]gration Act 1999, as amended, and section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 — prohibition of refoulement. I expect the file to be passed to me for decision in due course.


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