Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (609)

Bríd Smith


609. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice if a person (details supplied) will be given permission to work; if the application for a work permit will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6441/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

For reasons of confidentiality I am unable to comment on any individual immigration or international protection case. The health and well-being of all people who apply for international protection is of the highest priority to me and my Department and to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth who are responsible for providing accommodation and related supports to people in the protection process.

More generally, there are a number of reasons why the State may not be responsible for examining a person’s application for international protection, and consequentially, the granting of a labour market permission. For example, such reasons may include that an applicant has previously made an asylum application in another EU Member State or that another Member State has already granted a person an international protection status.

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