277. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of applications for residency status by persons living here for more than ten years which have been refused in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6026/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that persons seeking permission to remain in the State may do so for a number of reasons to various Divisions of the INIS under both statutory and non-statutory provisions. As a result, as the Deputy would expect, every case is considered on its own merits in conjunction with the legislation, criteria or guidelines which are directly applicable to the individual case type.
Refusal of residence status in certain instances may have been overturned on appeal or the persons may have been granted a permission on an alternative basis after a refusal. As a result, it is not possible to quantify the precise numbers of such cases as to do so would require the deployment of a disproportionate level of limited resources to the task taking them away from case processing which is the key priority.