Dáil Éireann - Volume 622 - 27 June, 2006

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a decision will be made on an application for asylum for persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24563/06]

  Mr. McDowell: The persons concerned arrived in the State on 19 April, 2005 and applied for asylum. The first named person’s application was refused following consideration of his case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. The second named person’s application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications.

[1037] Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999, as amended, the first named person was informed by letter dated 14 October, 2005, that the Minister proposed to make a deportation order in respect of him. The second named person was informed by letter dated 19 October, 2005, that the Minister proposed to make a deportation order in respect of her. They were given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why they should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State; leaving the State before orders are made or consenting to the making of deportation orders. Representations have been received on behalf of the persons concerned.

These persons’ case files, including all representations submitted, will be considered under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act, 1999, as amended, and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (Prohibition of Refoulement). I expect the files to be passed to me for decision in due course.