Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 04 October, 2007

Written Answers. - Residency Permits.

[1867] Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when there will be a decision on an application to remain on humanitarian grounds by a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22185/07]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: The person concerned arrived in the State on 4 May 2004 and applied for asylum. He was accompanied to the State by his wife and their four children, who were included on their mother’s file. Their applications were refused following consideration of their cases by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. Subsequently, in accordance with section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, the person concerned was informed by letter dated 30 January 2006 that the Minister proposed to make a deportation order in respect of him. His wife was informed by letter dated 17 January 2006 that the Minister proposed to make deportation orders in respect of her and her four children. All 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.