Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 734 No. 2

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  117.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice and Equality  Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter   the procedure to date in respect of determination of residency in the case of a person (details supplied); when a decision will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14092/11]

  119.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice and Equality  Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter   the procedure to date in respect of a determination of residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; when a decision will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14097/11]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 and 119 together.

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the separate questions raised by the Deputy refers to the same person and that there is no application pending for residency for that person. The person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order, signed on 8th March 2011, following a comprehensive and thorough examination of his asylum claim, and a detailed examination of the representations he submitted for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). The Deportation Order requires him to remove himself from the State and remain thereafter outside the State. He did not [350]remove himself from the State and had been evading deportation by failing to present himself to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (’GNIB’) since 2nd April 2011. He has only recently complied with the requirement to present to GNIB and last reported to GNIB on the 26th May 2011.

An application pursuant to Section 17(7) of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended), has been made by the legal representative of the person concerned. This application, which seeks to allow the person concerned to re-enter the asylum process, is under consideration at present. When a decision has been made on that application, that decision, and the consequences of that decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned. The Deputy should note that such an application does not suspend the deportation process.

I shouldremind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made direct to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive Parliamentary Questions process.


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