114. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if leave to remain will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford, in view of the fact that the person is integrated into the community and the person's children are attending school, both of whom were born here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16144/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, the case of the persons concerned will shortly 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. Various headings set out in Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), include family and domestic circumstances, the length of time the persons concerned have been in the State, character and conduct since arrival in the State, employment record and employment prospects as well as any humanitarian considerations advanced by the persons concerned. All representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made.
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.