Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding will be sourced to establish an art therapy service for children in direct provision accommodation centres (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7416/15]
98. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress, to date, in determining the current residency status-permission to remain in the country, in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7441/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that following a comprehensive and thorough examination of the asylum claim and application for subsidiary protection, and a detailed examination of the representations she submitted for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), a Deportation Order was signed on 18 December 2012 in respect of the person referred to by the Deputy.
The person concerned initiated judicial review proceedings challenging the Deportation Order made in respect of her. Those proceedings were struck out in favour of the Department on 01 December 2014 and accordingly, the Deportation Order stands.
Representations were received from the person concerned pursuant to Section 3 (11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to revoke the Deportation Order. The Deputy might wish to note that any such decision will be to 'affirm' or to 'revoke' the existing Deportation Order. In the mean-time, the Deportation Order remains valid and in place.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by Email 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.