Written answers

Thursday, 11 April 2024

Department of Justice and Equality

Ukraine War

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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167. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality what options are available to a woman allowed into Ireland under the EU Ukraine Directive to have their mother and brother (who are from Gaza but are now in Cairo in an MSF facility) join them in Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15772/24]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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I am acutely aware of the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza and my Department is working closely with colleagues in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to ensure a coordinated national response to this volatile and evolving situation. This includes their work to evacuate Irish citizens and their families who may require visa assistance. Where cases are highlighted by DFA for assistance the Visa Division processes them in as speedy and sympathetic manner as possible.

My Department is in regular contact with the Embassy of Ireland in Israel regarding a number of visa applications, from residents of Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. The Embassy are actively engaging with the applicants to gather the required documents to ensure that the Visa Division of this Department have everything needed progress these applications.

Citizens of the Palestinian National Authority are visa required and must have a valid Irish entry visa before they seek to enter the State.

Any visa required national that wishes to enter the State, and remain, for up to 90 days must have a Type C Short Stay Visa. A visa required national that wishes to reside in the State for longer than 90 days must have a Type D Long Stay Visa.

Any person that wishes to make a visa application must do so online at:


Further information in relation to the making of a visa application for permission to travel to Ireland can be found on the Department’s immigration website at:



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