130. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of atypical scheme permits for non-EU migrant fishers renewed in 2018; and the number issued in total. [15569/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a total of 130 permissions for seafarers were renewed in 2018 under the Atypical Scheme operated by the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service.
I am further advised by INIS that since the inception of the Scheme in 2016,  to date a total of 246 individuals permissions have been subject to renewal procedures under the provisions of the Scheme.