Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (20)

Richard Boyd Barrett


20. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the result of the review promised by his Department last year in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20698/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned arrived in the State in September 2005 and claimed asylum. Before arriving in the State he had applied to study at Trinity College. He claimed that he had applied for this course from Mali. The person concerned is a national of Cameroon. He states that he left Cameroon around 1998 and was granted refugee status in Nigeria. He subsequently moved to Mali, where he also states that he was granted refugee status. He arrived in the State from France. The asylum application was refused by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner in May 2006. This was upheld by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal in April 2007. In May 2007 the person concerned was notified that it was proposed to make a Deportation Order against him. He was invited to apply for Subsidiary Protection and to make representations pursuant to Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. These were duly submitted by the Refugee Legal Service in June 2007.

The Subsidiary Protection application was considered and the person was notified on 10 December 2009 that it was refused. The Section 3 representations were also considered and a Deportation Order was signed by the then Minister on 15 December 2009. This was notified to the person concerned on 22 December 2009. On 19 January 2010, the Refugee Legal Service advised the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that the Deportation Order had not been received by the person concerned. The Order was then re-issued on 28 January 2010. Judicial Review proceedings were lodged in the High Court on 25 February 2010 challenging the refusal of Subsidiary Protection and the making of the Deportation Order. As the matter is, therefore, sub judice I do not propose to comment further.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to 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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.