Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (756, 757)

Gary Gannon

Question:

756. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Justice the number of deportations per month that have taken place in Ireland since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, in tabular form. [38863/20]

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Gary Gannon

Question:

757. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Justice the countries that deportees from Ireland were sent to per month since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, in tabular form. [38864/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 756 and 757 together.

I can advise the Deputy that during the period 17 March 2020 to present, a total of four people have been deported from the State, all of whom were removed to Brazil. It should be borne in mind that persons the subject of a deportation order are obliged to remove themselves from the State and enforced removals are only carried out as a last resort.

While the execution of a Deportation Order is a matter for An Garda Síochána, I can assure the Deputy that my Department is taking a pragmatic approach to such matters in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In any cases where a Deportation Order has been made it is open to the person to make a request to revoke the Order, under section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999, if they consider there is fresh information which should be considered since the Order was made. I would encourage people to be as detailed as possible in their representations so that fully informed decisions can be made at the appropriate time.