135. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42741/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to was refused by the Visa Office in Dublin on 12 March 2018. A subsequent appeal was unsuccessful and the original decision upheld. This was communicated to the applicant along with the refusal reasons on 28 June 2018.
Only one appeal is permitted per application. However, it remains open to the applicant to make a fresh application. If such an application is made, the applicant should bear in mind the refusal reasons communicated to her and be in a position to address those reasons 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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.
In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (