The person concerned, along with his wife and four dependant children, applied for asylum in the State on 4 May, 2004. Their applications were refused following consideration of their cases by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. A letter was sent to the person concerned from the Department dated 30 January, 2006 informing him that it was proposed to make a deportation order in respect of him. The letter outlined the three options open to the person concerned, one being to make written representations to the Minister under section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) setting out the reasons as to why a deportation order should not be made. The person concerned was given 15 working days to respond.
On 17 January, 2006 the wife of the person concerned was informed that the Minister proposed to make deportation orders in respect of her and her children. Similarly, the letter outlined the three options available, one being to make written representations to the Minister under section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) setting out the reasons as to why deportation orders should not be made. Deportation orders were made in relation to the person concerned, his wife and their dependants on 30 October 2008. Judicial review proceedings were instituted in the High Court on 21 August, 2008. An appeal to the Supreme Court was instituted on 4 August 2010. Accordingly, as the matter is sub judice, I do not propose to comment further.
I should remind the Deputy that 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. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive parliamentary questions process.