255. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of occasions he has withdrawn the right to work of an international protection applicant under regulation 12 of the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26166/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Regulation 12 of the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 allows for the withdrawal of a labour market access permission if certain conditions are not adhered to by the permission holder, for example, where the permission holder has entered into a business partnership or employed another individual.
I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service of my Department (INIS) that since the introduction of the 2018 Regulations on 30 June, 2018, a total of 2,665 international protection applicants have been granted a labour market access permission. To date, no permission to access the labour market has been withdrawn under the Regulations.