80. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status or eligibility to achieve long-term residency and naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17874/16]
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 the persons concerned are a husband and wife who are the subjects of deportation orders made on 11th March, 2005. Therefore, as things stand at present, the issues of Long Term Residency or Naturalisation do not arise in the context of the persons concerned.
Both persons were deported from the State some years ago, however, according to information received from their legal representatives, in correspondence which was received in the INIS in April, 2016, they returned to this State the year after they were deported.
The correspondence referred to included a request, pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 (11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to have the deportation orders revoked. This request will be considered as soon as it is possible to do so. The Deputy might wish to note that the decision to ensue from any such consideration will be to 'affirm' or to 'revoke' the existing deportation orders. In the meantime, the deportation orders remain valid and in place and, as such, the persons concerned are legally obliged to comply with any reporting requirements placed on them by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.
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.