Dáil Éireann - Volume 656 - 17 June, 2008

Written Answers. - Deportation Orders.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if [1064] he will reconsider the decision to deport in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 in view of the change in their circumstances, their heath and their family and humanitarian situation since the original order for deportation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23452/08]

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: The person concerned arrived in the State on 16 May 2000 and applied for asylum. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, 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 29 July 2002, that the Minister proposed to make a deportation order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a deportation order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State.

Following consideration of her case under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement, a deportation order was signed in respect of the person concerned on 5 August 2003. The deportation order was served on the person concerned, by letter dated 18 September 2003. This communication advised the person concerned of the requirement that she present herself at the Offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau on a designated date and time to make arrangements for her removal from the State. The person concerned failed to present at the Offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau on the appointed date and was therefore classified as an ‘evader’.

On 7 September 2007 an application was received on behalf of the person concerned for the revocation of the deportation order, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). This application is under consideration at present and when a decision on this application has been made, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome.