182. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the average processing times for applications for residency permission by Tusla on behalf of a non-EEA minor in its care in each year since 2008. [11305/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it is not possible to quantify the number of applications for residence permission received from Tusla on behalf of non-EEA minors in its care since 2008, nor is it possible to provide average processing times for such applications as to do so would require the deployment of a disproportionate level of limited resources to the task taking them away from case processing which is a key priority.
However, given the potential vulnerability of the persons concerned, I am assured by INIS that such applications are treated as a priority and processed in a timely manner.