106. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which persons (details supplied) will be facilitated in their efforts to update and regularise their residency here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15914/17]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that they do not have any applications pending for the persons mentioned by the Deputy.
I refer you to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 69 of 16 September 2016, wherein, it was suggested that the persons concerned should make an application, giving full details of their current circumstances in the State, to enable a decision to made in their case. To date, INIS has received no correspondence from these persons.
Might I remind the Deputy 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 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 Parliamentary Question 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.