Thursday, 29 January 2004

Ceisteanna (28, 29, 30)

Trevor Sargent

Ceist:

25 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if nationals of the new EU member states who have been deported from Ireland, having being refused asylum or for being illegally in the State will be entitled to return here after 1 May 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2525/04]

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Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Ceist:

74 Mr. Gogarty asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the action being taken regarding persons from the new member states of the EU who are living here and who have applications for leave to remain or residency pending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2519/04]

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Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

140 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the action that will be taken with regard to persons from the new member states of the EU who are living here and who have applications for leave to remain or residency pending. [2598/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 74 and 140 together.

The EU treaties afford freedom of movement within the Union to citizens of member states mainly for economic purposes to do with the internal market in labour, services and goods. This is not an absolute right but subject to public policy, public health and public security considerations. As and from 1 May 2004, persons from the ten accession states with extant deportation orders may apply to the Minister to have those orders revoked. Each application will be considered individually in the context of the treaty rights and the reasons why the orders were made in the first instance. In addition, as and from 1 May 2004 persons from the ten accession states, who have a legal basis for residency in Ireland under the EU treaties, should have no need to pursue individual residency applications outside the treaties.