283. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice the status of the programme for Government commitment to regularise undocumented persons living in Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17814/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Programme for Government contains a commitment to bring forward a regularisation scheme within 18 months of the formation of the Government, to create new pathways for long-term undocumented people and their dependents, meeting specified criteria and bearing in mind Ireland's European Union (EU) and Common Travel Area (CTA) commitments.
As outlined in my Justice Plan 2021, a scheme will launch later this year and work is underway in my Department to give effect to this commitment. This work is being informed by an assessment of international best practice and having regard to our EU and CTA commitments. I will consult with relevant Government Departments, civil society and other interested parties, before finalising the Scheme .
In the meantime, I would encourage any person who is resident in the State without permission to contact my Department or their local immigration office and to take all appropriate steps to regularise their own and their family's status. In all cases, people must engage with the authorities if they wish to be permitted to remain here legally.