177. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the position regarding an application for a visa by a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35522/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an appeal against the decision was refused on the 1st of October, 2015. A letter was issued to the person concerned informing him of the decision and this was sent to the Irish postal address supplied by his wife on the application form.
There is only one appeal allowed. However, it is open to the person concerned to make a new application with the onus resting on the applicant to satisfy the visa officer as to why it should be granted. All information that the applicant wishes to have taken into consideration should be included with his application.
Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS 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 INIS, is in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.