356. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to reduce the income and saving thresholds applying to stamp 0 visas for persons, particularly those from the United States of America, who wish to retire and live here; if the interdepartmental consultations following the review of these criteria have been completed; the reason for the delay in the launch of a new scheme which was indicated in the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 133 of 20 June 2018 would happen in the coming months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28282/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department held a review, including a public consultation, on the issue of non-EEA retirees applying for a permission to reside in Ireland. 
While a draft immigration scheme for non-EEA national retirees was being devised at the time, wider policy matters have meant that the timescale for the launch of the scheme has had to be extended, from those indicated in my reply to Parliamentary Question Number 133 of 20 June last year.   I hope to be in a position to announce the scheme once these matters have been addressed.