97. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current and or expected status, including eligibility for long-term residency, naturalisation and stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10717/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order made on 16 December 2010. That Order remains valid and in place.
The person concerned made a request, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to have that Order revoked. Following the detailed consideration of the request made, a decision was taken to affirm the Order and that decision was communicated to the person by letter dated 16 June 2017.
The person concerned lodged judicial review proceedings in the High Court, challenging the decision to affirm the Deportation Order. The High Court gave its Judgment in the matter on 23 January 2018. The Deputy might wish to note that the High Court did not set aside the decision to affirm the Deportation Order but instead directed that certain specified matters be re-examined. I am advised that this Judgment is being examined by the relevant personnel in the INIS at the present time. Once this process has been completed, the case of the person concerned can be given more detailed consideration.
I am also advised that, separately, the person concerned applied in November 2015 to be readmitted to the protection process. This application, following careful consideration, was refused. The person has sought a review of the refusal of that application and this is under consideration at present. The Deputy might wish to note that the decision to arise from consideration of this request will be to either grant or refuse permission to make another application for international protection.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility that has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.