I can inform the Deputy that nationals of South Africa are not visa required for travel to Ireland. An application by the person referred to was therefore neither made nor refused.
However, carrier airlines may make contact with the Immigration Service of my Department regarding the circumstances of particular passengers intending to travel to Ireland in advance of aircraft boarding. This is a common practice and carriers often seek advice on Irish immigration entry requirements, including for the purposes of ensuring that they are in compliance with their legal obligations under section 2 of the Immigration Act 2003 (liability of carriers).
The carrier is advised of Irish entry requirements under section 4 of the Immigration Act 2004 and it is then a matter for the carrier to decide whether to allow the boarding of the passenger or passengers concerned.