Thursday, 20 October 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
129. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the deportation orders in respect of two persons (details supplied) in County Laois under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 will be lifted or postponed until the case will be considered on humanitarian grounds taking into account the actual health and other relevant factors in these cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29884/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The persons concerned, both Croatians, arrived in the State on 4 February 2002 and applied for asylum. Their applications were refused following consideration of their cases by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Office of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. They were informed by letters dated 24 April 2003 and 14 April 2003, respectively, that the Minister proposed to make deportation orders in respect of them and afforded three options under section 3 (3) (b) (ii) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, namely to make representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why they should be allowed to remain in the State; to leave the State voluntarily; or to consent to the making of a deportation order.
Their cases were examined under section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, and section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996, prohibition of refoulement. Consideration was given to all representations, medical and otherwise, received on their behalf. On 31 August 2005, deportation orders were signed in respect of the persons concerned. Notices of these orders were served by registered post requiring them to present to the Garda national immigration bureau, GNIB, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, today, 20 October 2005, in order to make arrangements for their deportations from the State. The enforcement of the deportation orders is now an operational matter for the bureau.
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