516. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will investigate a situation whereby a person (details supplied) who applied to the central authority for maintenance recovery, for enforcement under Council regulation (EC) 4/2009 of 18 December 2008 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and co-operation in matters relating to maintenance obligations from a person who is resident in the United Kingdom, and despite the fact that the relevant maintenance was granted in 2012, no payments have been actioned to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20520/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on an individual application under Council Regulation (EC) 4/2009. Such applications are facilitated by the Irish Central Authority for International Maintenance Recovery which is located in my Department. I understand that the individual involved in this matter has been in contact with the Irish Central Authority and that the Irish Authority is awaiting a response from the England and Wales Central Authority, who in turn are reliant on the UK Courts to act. I can assure the Deputy that the Central Authority continues to provide what assistance it can in this matter and will keep the applicant informed of developments in relation to her application.