126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality, further to Question No. 336 of 20 September 2017, if compassionate consideration will be given to offering leave to remain or an extension of residency status in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47576/17]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the persons concerned are a husband and wife who are the subject of deportation orders made on 11 March 2005.
Both persons were deported from the State on 04 June 2006, however, according to information received from their legal representatives, they returned to this State the year after they were deported.
Representations were received on behalf of the persons concerned requesting that the deportation orders be revoked, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). This request will be considered as soon as possible. The Deputy might wish to note that the decision to ensue from the consideration of this request will be to have the existing deportation orders 'affirmed' or 'revoked'. Once such a decision has been made, this decision will be notified in writing. In the meantime, the deportation orders remain valid and in place.
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.