Wednesday, 10 March 2004

Ceisteanna (140)

Michael D. Higgins


207 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will reconsider the deportation of a person (details supplied). [8047/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

The asylum application of the person referred to in the question was refused on appeal in November 2000. His case was then examined for deportation under section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, and section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996, as amended. All representations received both from the applicant and on his behalf, were taken into consideration, including his intention to marry at the time.

On 19 February 2002 a deportation order was made in respect of this person and he was subsequently deported on 13 March 2002. This Department's records show that, although this person had indicated an intention to marry, he was not married at the time of his deportation. I understand that his Irish fiancée subsequently travelled to Nigeria and married him there in the knowledge of his deportation. He was later refused residency in Ireland as the couple were not living together as husband and wife. The effect of a deportation order is that a person must leave the State and remain thereafter outside of it. I do not intend to revoke the deportation order.