Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

John McGuinness

Question:

370 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding an application for asylum in the name of a person (details supplied) in Sierra Leone; if an appeal will be expedited in this case; and the time-frame for that process. [10746/03]

It would be inappropriate for me to comment on individual applications for asylum.

Under the Refugee Act 1996, two independent statutory offices were established to consider applications for refugee status and make recommendations to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on whether such status should be granted.

These two offices are the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, ORAC, which considers applications for a declaration as a refugee at first instance and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal which considers applications for a declaration at appeal stage.

A decision on the application in question will be made upon receipt of the recommendation of the Refugee Applications Commissioner or the Refugee Appeals Tribunal as appropriate.