160. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the residency status and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7949/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the persons concerned applied for residence permission and a right to work based on parentage of an Irish citizen child. Decision letters were issued to the persons concerned on 13 December 2017 granting them permission to remain in the State on stamp 4 conditions, until 13 December 2020.
I am also advised by INIS that there is no record of a current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the persons concerned. A determination on whether an applicant satisfies the statutory criteria attendant to naturalisation can only be made after an application and supporting documentation is received.
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.