Dáil Éireann - Volume 483 - 25 November, 1997
Written Answers. - Refugee Legislation.
Mr. Boylan Mr. Boylan
345. Mr. Boylan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when the Refugee Act, 1996, will be implemented as promised in An Action Programme for the Millennium; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20494/97]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue) John O'Donoghue
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): I have already made an Order commencing sections 1, 2, 5, 22 and 25 of the Refugee Act, 1996, with effect from 29 August last. There is at present a High Court injunction preventing the appointment of a Refugee Applications Commissioner under the Act. Because of this litigation I am not in a position to appoint a Refugee Applications Commissioner, an appointment central to the introduction of the remaining sections of the Act.
Dáil Éireann 483 Written Answers. Refugee Legislation.