578. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice if she will provide details of the number of nationals (details supplied) that are recorded as departing Ireland between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021, inclusive in tabular form. [44211/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): I can inform the Deputy that there are no routine exit checks on persons leaving the State. On occasion, immigration officers in response to particular operational requirements relating to the protection of our borders, including the protection of the Common Travel Area, have undertaken exit checks in accordance with the Immigration Act 2004. However, such checks occur infrequently.
It is not feasible to provide a figure for the number of times it is applied as, for example, the many millions of EU/EEA national visitors who enter the State each year are not recorded for immigration purposes nor are EU/EEA nationals resident in the State require to register for immigration purposes.