Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 179: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding changes for applicants for subsidiary protection who are residing here for over five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47062/10]
There has been no change in the processing of applications for Subsidiary Protection as referred to by the Deputy. On a regular and ongoing basis my Department assesses the cases on hand to ensure that, as far as possible, persons who are waiting for a decision for the longest periods have their cases finalised first. The factual position is that any case where an application for Subsidiary Protection has been made will be considered in accordance with the legislation i.e. the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006). When consideration of the application has been completed, the applicant is notified in writing of the outcome. In the event that the Subsidiary Protection application is refused, the applicant's case file, including all representations submitted, will then be considered under the various headings set out in Section 3 (6) of the 1999 Act.