Thursday, 6 March 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
235. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will ensure the issue of updated temporary residency documentation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; the current or expected long term residency in this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9978/08]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Deputy Brian Lenihan): I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Questions No. 85 of Thursday 12 October 2006 and No. 79 of Thursday 15 June 2006 and the written Replies to those Questions.
The person concerned arrived in the State on 30 January 2002 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), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 7 April 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 leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a deportation order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. Representations have been received on behalf of the person concerned and will be fully considered before the file is passed to me for decision.
236. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork was arrested and deported to Belgium whereupon they were returned to Ireland by the Belgium authorities; if he will re-examine their case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9979/08]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Deputy Brian Lenihan): The person referred to by the Deputy applied for asylum on 9th October, 2006. Following investigation, it was established that the applicant had previously made an asylum application in Belgium. The appropriate authorities in Belgium agreed to take back the applicant. A Transfer Order was signed in respect of her on 22nd November, 2006. On 29 November, 2006, the applicant evaded her transfer. The applicant instituted Judicial Review proceedings on 6th February, 2008, challenging the Transfer Order made in respect of her and accordingly, as the matter is sub judice, I do not propose to comment further.
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