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207. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on an article in a publication (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14922/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): While I am aware of the article referred to, the Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to comment on individual cases, such as referred to in the article.
More generally however, I can say, that the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS), when deciding on visa applications need to balance a wide range of factors including the economic interests of the State, maintaining an effective immigration regime, etc. while facilitating travel for those seeking to come to Ireland for a wide variety of legitimate reasons. This is the same for all visa services worldwide.
Each visa application is decided on its individual circumstances taking all factors and circumstances into account. In this regards, the timescale for processing visas can vary depending on the wide range of factors involved.
I am, of course, very conscious of the importance of these markets to the Irish economy and to the agriculture sector in particular. In that context, the Deputy can be assured that every effort is made by INIS to keep visa processing times to a minimum, and to help facilitate such trade and investment where possible.