433. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for a visa in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54524/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the applications referred to were refused on appeal by the Visa Office in Dublin. The decisions were communicated to the applicants on 8 January 2019.
It is open to the applicants to submit fresh visa applications at any time. However, they should bear in mind the reasons for refusal and be in a position to address them in any new application. 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.