120. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if health needs will be borne in mind in determining eligibility for residency status by a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44582/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): If the persons 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.
The Deputy is advised that the health needs of any particular applicant are not a determining factor in the process of deciding eligibility for protection in the State.
The question of residency status does not arise at present in the case of the person whose details were supplied.