126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in determining eligibility for naturalisation and long-term residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22892/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The question of naturalisation/long term residency does not arise at this time in the case of the persons whose details were supplied. If the persons concerned have made an application for asylum or subsidiary protection, the Deputy will be aware that it is not the practice to comment on such applications until such time as they have fully completed the protection process.
Protection applicants are issued with a temporary residence permission pending a final decision on their application.
In the event that an applicant is finally determined not to be in need of Protection then consideration is given as to whether the person should be given leave to remain in the State on humanitarian grounds.