222. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps required for a person (details supplied) to regularise their status here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13474/16]


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 the person concerned has applied for a right of residency in the State, accompanied by the right to work, based on parentage of an Irish citizen child.
This application is under consideration at present and, as such, at this point in time, it is not possible to provide a specific indication as to when the case will be finalised.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS 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. Questions Nos. 223 to 225, inclusive, answered with Question No. 106.