123. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will report on any discussions held with European Union counterparts regarding refugees from North Africa; if she supports granting visas to persons from the Middle East and north Africa fleeing the conflicts in the region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17004/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions 198 and 199 of 28 April 2015 giving the latest position on developments at EU level.
Ireland is one of the Member States involved in refugee resettlement with the UNHCR, as we have been for several years. Ireland also ran its own Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Programme last year for persons who are considered by their sponsoring family member present in Ireland to be most at risk. 114 beneficiaries have been granted admission under the programme.