Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tipperary Resident.

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asked the Minister for Justice why a person (name supplied) in County Tipperary has been allowed to remain in this country in view of the fact that he has come under unfavourable notice from both the Garda Síochána and the customs and excise authorities on numerous occasions.

The person in question has been here for several years and, with one possible exception, the offences of which he was convicted are not such as, in my opinion, would justify his being required to leave the country. As the offence of which I am in doubt occurred over three years ago, it is now too late to take cognisance of it.

Will the Minister state what would warrant the Department requesting a person to leave this country?

First of all he would have to be an alien and it would have to be a fairly serious criminal offence under the conventions to which we have subscribed.

Does the Minister not think in view of the fact that this man has come under such unfavourable notice of the authorities and indeed of the tax people of this country that he is certainly a most undesirable person to have in this country?

I agree with the Deputy that he has been convicted of a lot of offences but several of them were breaches of the Road Traffic Acts and I do not think they would warrant any step like this.