Dáil Éireann - Volume 546 - 13 December, 2001

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

54. Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will permit a person (details supplied) to remain here on humanitarian grounds; if he has received such an appli[1247] cation from the family; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31464/01]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): The person referred to, who is a minor, arrived in the State with her mother and two brothers on 30 August 1999 and sought asylum. Her older brother sought asylum in his own right rather than being linked to the family's case. Her father had previously arrived in the state on 23 March 1999 and sought asylum. Following an interview with both parents, it was concluded by the refugee applications commissioner that the family's application was not such as to entitle them to a declaration as refugees. They were informed of this decision on 18 May 2000. Their subsequent appeal was refused by the refugee appeals tribunal and they were informed of this refusal on 20 September 2001. In accordance with section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999, the family in question were informed on 23 November 2001 that it was proposed to make deportation orders in their case. They were given the alternatives of either making representations within 15 working days setting out reasons why they should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State, leaving the State before the orders are made or consenting to the making of deportation orders. Several representations have been received in relation their case and are being considered at present. I expect the file to be submitted to me for consideration very shortly.