144. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status of a person (details supplied); if residency will be considered under a case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50967/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that the person concerned does not hold a current permission to remain in the State.
An application for permission to remain, on the basis of parentage of an Irish citizen child, has recently been received from the person referred to. The application is one of a sizeable number of applications on hand, and will be given full consideration in due course.
If any further information/documentation is required, my Department will be in direct contact with the applicant.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from my Department is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.