Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason the application for political asylum made on 3 December 2001 by a person (details supplied) has not been decided; when it will be decided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17173/08]

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: The person concerned arrived in the State on 2 December 2001 and applied for asylum. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 8 November 2004, that the Minister proposed to make a deportation order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a deportation order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. Representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned and will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement, before the file is passed to me for decision.