138. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current residency status and potential eligibility for long-term residency and naturalisation for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42147/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned has submitted written representations.
The position in the State of the person concerned will now 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. All representations submitted will be fully considered in advance of a final decision being made.
The Deputy will appreciate that as the person concerned has no current permission to remain in the State, the issue of an application for a Certificate of Naturalisation does not arise at this time. Equally, given that the person concerned has not held an employment permit issued by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, they would not be in a position to meet the criteria applicable to an application for Long Term Residency.
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.