Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (525)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

525. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe an application for ayslum in the case of a person (detail supplied) in County Meath has been under consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5278/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As I informed the Deputy in response to Parliamentary Question No. 187 on 23 January last, if the person whose details were supplied has made an application for asylum or subsidiary protection, the position is that it is not the practice to comment on such applications for so long as they are in the protection process.

While the median processing time for asylum applications at end 2013 from date of initial application at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner through the appeal stage at the Refugee Appeals Tribunal to a final Ministerial decision was 8 months, some cases can take considerably longer to complete due to, for example, delays arising from medical issues, or because of judicial review proceedings.