Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (780)

Bernard J. Durkan


901 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when residency status will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1988/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The person concerned is the 17 year old daughter of a non-national who has residency based on his parentage of an Irish born child. It appears she arrived in the State on 31 December 2002, having left her country of origin where she was residing with her mother and brothers. An application for permission to remain in the State was made on her behalf on 6 February 2003. The processing of applications for residency based on an Irish born child was suspended pending a determination by Government on the general policy to be adopted in light of the Supreme Court decision of 23rd January 2003. Consideration of such applications recommenced on 18th July 2003 following the announcement of that policy. The application in question is now being processed and further documentation is being requested.