Thursday, 8 December 2005
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 197: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to previous parliamentary questions submitted each year since 2002, Question No. 482 of 22 March 2005 and a further question on 21 April 2005, the reason it has taken four years to deal with this case; if he will allow the persons to remain here on humanitarian grounds; and if a response will be expedited. [38526/05]
As the Deputy is aware, applications for refugee status in the State are determined by an independent process, involving the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which make recommendations to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on whether such status should be granted. While it is not the practice to comment in detail on individual asylum applications, I would like to point out that delays in finalising cases can occur for a variety of reasons, including giving applicants and appellants the fullest opportunity possible to present their cases and the determination of judicial review proceedings. A final decision on the applications in question will be made on receipt of the recommendation or decision of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner or the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, as appropriate.