186. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications received for residency here, based on the extension of criteria for investors in budget 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5385/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I assume the Deputy is referring to the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) option to the Immigrant Investor Programme which was introduced in Budget 2014. This is a demand led scheme and to date, there have been no applications for the REIT option.