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386. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for refusal of entry to Ireland of a citizen of the United States of America last year (details supplied); the position regarding the treatment of this person, and the reasons for refusal of entry; if a report was completed on this refusal; if a similar refusal would issue again; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18615/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I understand that the person referred to by the Deputy was refused entry to the State in accordance with Section 4(3)(k) of the Immigration Act, 2004 which provides that an Immigration Officer may refuse a person permission to enter the State where he or she is satisfied that there is reason to believe that the non-national intends to enter the State for purposes other than those expressed by the non-national.
A non-national who is refused permission to enter the State is served with a written notice of his or her refusal which states the applicable ground(s) on which permission was refused. In the case of the person referred to by the Deputy, she was detained overnight pending her removal on the next earliest available flight the following day. The person was provided with a printed copy of the refusal report.
A person refused permission to enter the State is not prohibited from seeking entry to the State in future. However, every non-national is required on arrival by land or sea to the State to present to an Immigration Officer for the purpose of making an application for permission to enter the State and to furnish to an Immigration Officer such information in such manner as he or she may reasonably require for the purposes of the performance of his or her functions. An Immigration Officer has to be satisfied that the person should be granted entry to the State based on all the known circumstances of the person concerned.