98. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10718/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was refused a residence card on 31 March, 2017 as they were not in compliance with the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015.
I am also informed that the person concerned sought a review of the decision to refuse the residence card on 19 April, 2017. The Deputy will appreciate that applications for review are dealt with in strict chronological order. I understand that there will be no avoidable delay in making a decision.
Insofar as the person's eligibility for naturalisation is concerned, I am informed that INIS has no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to. It is, however, open to any individual to lodge an application for a certificate of naturalisation if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, which governs the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation.
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 which 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.