103. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when leave to remain or long-term residency will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4182/15]
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 arrived in the State and applied for asylum on 11 August 2008. His wife applied on the same date. The couple have had four children born in the State, in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The person concerned was refused refugee status in September 2010, and was informed at that stage that it was proposed to make a Deportation Order in his case. His wife was also refused refugee status at that time. Both parties were informed that they had the right to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006. They were also informed that they could make representations to the Minister as to why a Deportation Order should not be made in their case.
The Person concerned and his wife both made applications for Subsidiary Protection, which were refused on 4 January 2011. Following considerations of representations made it was further decided to make Deportation Orders in both cases. The parties were informed of this on 1 February 2011. Deportation Orders have also issued in respect of the three older children, following consideration of representations made in their cases. The child born in 2010 has challenged the making of that Deportation Order in Judicial Review proceedings, which are still before the High Court, and as that matter is sub judice I do not propose to comment any further. The rest of the family remain subject to Deportation Orders, with the exception of the youngest child.
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.