Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 17 November 2022

Committee on Public Petitions

Decisions on Public Petitions Received

Photo of Martin BrowneMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

We have eight petitions for consideration at this meeting. Petition No. 12 of 2022 is titled "Unfair law against legal residents" from Mr. Prince Kumar. This petition relates to a request for support from the Department of Justice for those legally residing in Ireland but unable to renew their visas due to the impact of Covid-19 on the job market here. The secretariat corresponded with the Department on the petitioner’s behalf and its Secretary General, Ms Oonagh McPhillips, replied on 21 September 2022. Her reply was sent to the petitioner for comment and he responded on 26 October 2022.

The committee recommends the response from the petitioner is not substantial enough to warrant a further reply from the Department of Justice. It is advised Mr. Kumar be thanked for his correspondence and informed that unless there is anything further he wishes to add, the petition will be closed, pending his response within 14 days. Do members have any views or is this agreed?


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