116. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status entitlements or options of a child aged three and the child's mother, the child born of a non-European Union mother and a European Union father, where the father has since left this jurisdiction and the mother is now in a relationship with an Irish national; if the mother and child can avail of status derived from status with the Irish national; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16146/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that from the information supplied by the Deputy it is not possible to give a definitive answer. If he wishes to write to me providing all details of the circumstances of the case I will consider the matter and write to him further.
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.