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449. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of unlicensed taxi drivers apprehended by An Garda Síochána in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25460/18]

450. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25710/18]

540. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the case of a person (details supplied) who was refused leave to remain here will be re-examined in view of the shortage of guidance counsellors and the fact that careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists were added to the ineligible categories of employment for employment permits list after the person commenced their studies and the fact that their degree qualifies them to work here. [25542/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 450 and 540 together.
I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person's application for permission to remain in the State has been considered and that the person concerned has been notified of the decision.
The original application was received from the person concerned on 2 November 2017 and a decision letter issued on 17 January 2018.
On 22 March 2018 a review of the original application was requested as an exceptional measure. A decision letter in response to this exceptional request for a review of the original application was issued on 28 May 2018.
The policy in relation to the eligible and ineligible categories of employment for employment permits is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
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.