47. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will review the present restrictions on visa applications from Libya especially in the cases of medical personnel that could make a valuable contribution to the health service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15661/17]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The position in relation to current restrictions has been kept under review by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department. Ultimately, an appropriate balance must be struck between State security and individual applicants who wish to come here. I have asked my officials to look again at the restrictions in place to consider if there may be some scope to extend the categories of applicants who may be considered for visa processing.