142. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current residency status and eligibility for naturalisation of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42155/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was initially granted permission to remain for two years on 24 January, 2006. This person's permission has been regularly renewed with the latest period due to expire 24 January 2017.
Officials in the Citizenship Division of the INIS inform me that there is no record of a current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person concerned. A previous application for a certificate of naturalisation was refused for reasons provided to the person concerned in a letter issued to their legal representative on 18 September 2013.
It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been established specifically 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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.