191. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are circumstances in which a person (details supplied) would be allowed to apply for naturalisation or other long-term permission to remain here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41251/18]
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 provide a targeted response in the absence of more detailed information in relation to the person concerned. I am further advised that a permission on Stamp 0 conditions is a low level immigration status which is not intended to be reckonable for long term residence or citizenship.
It is, however, open to any person to apply to the Minister for Justice and Equality for a certificate of naturalisation and each case will be considered on its individual merits. The grant of naturalisation is at the absolute discretion of the Minister for Justice and Equality who will have regard to the circumstances of the application. Further information on eligibility for applying for citizenship by naturalisation and other immigration pathways that may be available to the person concerned is available at www.inis.gov.ie.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.