Tuesday, 5 October 2004

Ceisteanna (312)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

430 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of deportations of non-national parents of Irish citizens since the Supreme Court decision of 2003; the number of Irish citizen children who have left the State with their parents as a result of such deportations; and the number of Irish citizen children left behind in the State by their non-national parents as a result of such deportations. [23550/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

Statistics in respect of the number of deportations of non-national parents of Irish born children since the Supreme Court decision in the L&O case in January 2003 are as follows:

Month

Year

Number of parents of Irish born children deported

February

2003

2

April

2003

1

May

2003

4

July

2003

4

August

2003

4

September

2003

1

October

2003

1

February

2004

2

March

2004

4

April

2004

4

August

2004

5

Statistics are only maintained by my Department in respect of deportation orders made and effected in respect of non-nationals. As Irish born children are not subject to deportation orders, statistics are not available in respect of the numbers of such children who accompanied their non-national parents when they were being deported or, indeed, the number of such children left behind in the State following the deportation of their parents.