Dáil Éireann - Volume 533 - 27 March, 2001
Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.
Mrs. Owen Mrs. Owen
280. Mrs. Owen asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will make a decision on an application for asylum by persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8947/01]
Mr. O'Donoghue Mr. O'Donoghue
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): The Refugee Act, 1996, as amended by the Immigration Act, 1999, and the Illegal Immigrants Trafficking Act, 2000, was commenced in full on 20 November 2000. Under the Act two independent statutory offices were established to consider applications/appeals for refugee status and to make recommendations to the Minister on whether such status should be granted.
These two offices are the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, which considers  applications for a declaration as a refugee at first instance and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal which considers applications for a declaration at appeal stage.
A decision on the application in question will be made upon receipt of the recommendation of the Refugee Applications Commissioner or the Refugee Appeals Tribunal as appropriate.
Dáil Éireann 533 Written Answers. Asylum Applications.