166. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the residency status and eligibility for stamp 4 or long-term residency or eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7955/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I would refer the Deputy to my response to his Parliamentary Question No. 212 on 14 December 2017. I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the situation remains unchanged.
INIS has received requests for permission to remain in the State by the persons concerned. However, these cases are among a number of cases which are currently being held by my Department pending the outcome of the appeal to the Supreme Court of the Court of Appeal judgment in Luximon v. Minister for Justice and Equality, which was heard in the Supreme Court on 30 November 2017. A decision will issue in these cases when the matters before the Courts have been finalised.
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.