Thursday, 26 September 2019

Questions (112)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

112. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the case of persons (details supplied), who have been in direct provision in County Wicklow and are being processed as failed asylum seekers, will be reviewed on humanitarian grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39248/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Immigration Service of my Department that the applicants referred to by the Deputy are subject to valid Deportation Orders. They are required to present to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on 2 October 2019. The enforcement of Deportation Orders is a matter for GNIB.

It is open to the persons' concerned to submit written representations under Section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to have the Deportation Orders revoked. Requests seeking to revoke a Deportation Order must set out any new facts or circumstances, which have arisen since the original decision was made. Any request submitted would be considered on its own merits, having due regard to all relevant issues, including with respect to any refoulement considerations.

A decision would be made to affirm or to revoke the existing Deportation Order. In the meantime, the Deportation Orders remains valid and in place. Requests for the revocation of a Deportation Order are non-suspensive. If the persons' concerned decide to submit a request, they are still required to present to the GNIB in the interim.

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