Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna (107)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

107. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons are queueing for hours each week in order to secure an appointment with the Garda National Immigration Bureau, Cork; his plans to improve the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49473/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy may be aware, my Department register persons residing in the Dublin area only. The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) are solely responsible for registering persons who reside in the Cork area. 

However, the issues in Cork have been brought to my attention.  I have had enquiries made and I am assured that the GNIB are aware of the issue and are seeking to address the situation.  

Queries in relation to GNIB appointments outside Dublin should be made to the individual Garda Station dealing with such appointments. Further information is available on the Registration pages of the Immigration Service website. 

An enquiry can also be made to GNIB at the following email address: gnib_dv@garda .ie.  

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by email 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.