687. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice if she will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied). [44918/20]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The application of the person referred to by the Deputy has been received by the Immigration Service of my Department and I am advised that their passport will be returned to them in the coming days. My Department has not suspended the receipt or processing of citizenship applications at any stage during the pandemic. However, processing rates have unfortunately been negatively impacted by the attendant health and safety related restrictions.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.