260. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the procedure to be followed in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6941/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned made an application to have three other persons enter and remain in the State under family reunification provisions. This application, made under section 18(4) of the Refugee Act 1996, as amended, was refused on 30 November 2017.
Given that the subjects of that unsuccessful family reunification application would appear to be outside the State, they could only seek to enter the State once they have established a valid basis for doing so, for example on foot of a Work Permit, a Critical Skills Employment Permit or to pursue an approved course of study in the State.
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.