102. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current or expected status of an application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24719/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Irish Refugee Protection Programme - Humanitarian Admission Programme 2 (IHAP) is a programme which gives Irish citizens and persons granted international protection status in the State the opportunity to bring family members who are from one of the top ten major source countries of refugees, as determined by the UNHCR, to the State. The Programme has an important role to play in meeting the Government's commitment under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme to admit up to 4,000 persons overall. The first call for proposals under the Programme was made last summer, and 166 people were ultimately granted permission to come to the State. To date, over 80 of those people have actually arrived in the State. A second call for proposals was issued last December, and those proposals are currently being examined.
The person concerned submitted a proposal under the IHAP, which was received on 14th January 2019. A decision issued in the case on 16th May 2019. A further letter of clarification issued to the person concerned regarding the decision on 28th May 2019.
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.