Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (149, 150, 155, 156, 160, 161, 162)

Niall Collins

Question:

149. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the heads of the long awaited immigration, residence and protection Bill will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21670/14]

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Niall Collins

Question:

150. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the immigration, residence and protection Bill will include an independent appeals mechanism for the immigration system, as sought by the Immigrant Council of Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21671/14]

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Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

155. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality following this week's judgment of the European Court of Justice in Case C 604/12 H. N. v. Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ireland, Attorney General, if she is considering introducing a single procedure for international protection by way of statutory instrument or amending legislation in advance of the immigration, residence and protection Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21682/14]

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Robert Dowds

Question:

156. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on planned legislation relating to the asylum process. [21687/14]

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Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

160. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the heads of the new immigration, residence and protection Bill will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21741/14]

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Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

161. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the new immigration, residence and protection Bill will enshrine the right of family reunification in primary legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21742/14]

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Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

162. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will include provisions for clear rules and guidelines in the immigration system under new legislation promised for later this year and end an overreliance on discretion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21743/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 149, 150, 155, 156 and 160 to 162, inclusive, together.

As Deputies are aware, the Government is committed under the Programme for Government to comprehensively reform the current immigration, residence and protection systems, including an independent appeals system in immigration cases. I will be reviewing the work done to date in respect of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill in consultation with my officials, following which I will decide on how best to progress the implementation of the Government's priorities, particularly those relating to the establishment of a single application procedure in the area of international protection. I will consider all the issues raised by Deputies as part of that process and I am anxious to ensure that there is no avoidable delay in bringing forward legislation for a modern immigration system that is in line with national priorities and meets best international practice in this area.