26. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for residency status by persons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10752/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), dated 20th November, 2014, the persons concerned have not submitted written representations.
The position in the State of the persons concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. If any representations are submitted before a final decision is made, they will be fully considered.
I am also advised that the three adult children of the persons concerned have been granted permission to remain in the State based on work permit conditions in one case and and education conditions for two others.
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.