Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 226: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the reason Irish citizens in a proven relationship with a non-EU citizen have to pay a fee to remain in the State under the [i]de facto[/i] relationship clause, however, if an EU citizen from any country within the EU zone applied for permission to remain in Ireland under the [i]de facto[/i] relationship clause the fee is waived; his plans to correct this anomaly as it is discriminates against Irish citizens; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42447/10]
Question 227: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will add non-married [i]de facto[/i] partners of Irish citizens to the wavier list SI 336 of 2008 on EU treaty rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42448/10]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 227 together.
The Immigation Act, 2004 (Registration Certificate Fee) Regulations 2008, SI 336 of 2008, sets out the fee payable for obtaining a certificate of registration under the Immigration Act, 2004 and the categories of persons for whom no fee is applicable.
The fee charged and the categories of persons for whom no fee is applicable are being reviewed at the present time and I have noted the matters raised in the Deputy's questions in this regard.