145. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of persons (details supplied) who wish to remain permanently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7689/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it wrote to the legal representatives of the person concerned on 19 January 2018 in connection with an application for a residence card pursuant to the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015.
I am advised that INIS informed the person concerned that it is open to them to address the INIS concerns and provide further information and/or documentation in support of the application within the period specified. I understand that no reply has been received by INIS to date.  I also understand that INIS expects to issue a decision on the application for a residence card by the end of February 2018 based on the information available at that stage.
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.