127. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in respect of an application to the Irish refugee protection programme humanitarian admissions programme in the case of a person (details supplied); the correct procedure to be followed at this stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4520/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person in question was informed of the outcome of their initial application by letter dated 18 December 2018. I understand that the letter set out in detail the reasons for the outcome. The Deputy may wish to note that a second window for applications under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme Humanitarian Admissions Programme (IHAP) is currently open until 8 February 2019. It is open to the person in question to submit fresh application under the IHAP if they so wish. Any new application submitted should give full regard to the reasons given for the refusal of the previous application.
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.