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733. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Justice if consideration will be given to matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52328/21]

740. Deputy Réada Cronin asked the Minister for Justice if she will meet with a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52480/21]

742. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice if her attention has been drawn to the desperate measures that an asylum seeker in County Cork has been driven to in order to secure leave to remain here; if she has met with this person and or the person's family; the interventions or steps she will take to compassionately grant the person leave to remain; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52497/21]

755. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if her attention has been drawn to a case (details supplied) in respect of a person seeking international protection; and the steps she has taken to date to protect the person’s safety and well-being. [52699/21]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy James Browne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 733, 740, 742 and 755 together.
For reasons of confidentiality I am unable to comment on any individual immigration or international protection case. However, the health and well-being of all people who apply for international protection is of the highest priority for my Department and to my colleague, Minister O'Gorman's Department, who are responsible for providing accommodation and related supports to anyone in the protection process.
It is important to say that a negative decision on an appeal by the independent International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) is not the final stage in the international protection process for any applicant. In these circumstances, an applicant will have their Permission to Remain consideration reviewed by the International Protection Office.
This represents a fifth opportunity for the applicant to put forward their case to be allowed to remain in the State, having already been considered for a grant of refugee status, subsidiary protection, permission to remain and the appeal to the IPAT.
Each application for international protection is examined in detail on its individual merits, taking all factors into account. The permission to remain process includes a full consideration of their private and family rights in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights as well as consideration of their work situation, among other issues.
All appellants who come before the independent Tribunal have their appeals assessed on an individual, objective and impartial basis. This is based on precise and up-to-date information from various sources, such as the UNHCR, as to the general situation prevailing in the country of origin of the appellant concerned, including such information contained in submissions made by them or on their behalf.
The principle of non-refoulement also applies to all decisions made on international protection applications. Under international human rights law, the principle of non-refoulement guarantees that no one should be returned to a country where they would face torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and other irreparable harm.