141. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status and eligibility for long-term residency and naturalisation of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43413/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): If the person whose details were supplied has made an application for asylum or subsidiary protection in the State, the Deputy will be aware that it is not the practice to comment on such applications until they have fully completed the Protection Process. This is in accordance with Section 19(1) of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) which provides for the protection of the identity of protection applicants.
With regard to residency status, the Deputy is reminded that protection applicants are issued with a temporary residence permission pending a final decision on their application. In the event that an applicant is finally determined not to be in need of protection, consideration is then given to whether the person should be granted leave to remain in the State on humanitarian grounds.
The question of eligibility to obtain long term residency or naturalisation does not arise at this time in the case of the person whose details were supplied.