Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (168)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

168 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of the refugee application of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6511/04]

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

As the Deputy will be aware, under the Refugee Act 1996, two independent statutory offices were established to consider applications/appeals 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, 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 final decision will be made in this case upon receipt of the recommendation of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner.