166. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the appropriate process to be followed to regularise residency in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6606/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State for a period of five years under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 on 28 October 2011.
I am further informed that INIS notified the person concerned in writing on 16 February 2017 that their application for retention of a residence card was refused as they were not in compliance with the Regulations. I understand that, following a detailed review of the circumstances, INIS notified the person concerned of the decision to uphold the refusal of a residence card on 17 August 2017.
I am advised that the person has been notified that consideration is being given by INIS to initiating a process for the purpose of arranging their removal from the State pursuant to Regulation 20 of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015. It remains open to the person concerned to make representations to INIS in relation to the proposed removal.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of 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 the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.