Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (194)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

197 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will indicate, notwithstanding his replies to previous parliamentary questions, if he has had sight of further and detailed submissions made in the past three months by persons (details supplied) in County Kildare wherein they set out a new case for temporary extension of residency while awaiting decision in regard to permanency, thereby greatly alleviating the serious anxiety and suffering caused by the family’s vulnerability at present; if he will use his absolute discretion to grant the facility on immediate humanitarian grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34273/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the position is unchanged since the Deputy's previous Parliamentary Questions. The Deputy should note that the persons concerned cases are actively under consideration. All representations submitted by the persons concerned will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the persons concerned.

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.