207. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 95, 96 and 97 of 28 February 2019, the meaning of applications received but not actively pursued by the applicant; and the criteria that must be met in order for an applicant to be considered to be actively pursuing a case. [11975/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As outlined in my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 95, 96 and 97 I have requested an assessment of the caseload of the Tribunal to determine the current status of applications to the General Scheme.  Applicants may be asked by the Tribunal to submit supporting documentation to enable the Tribunal come to a decision on their case.  I am informed by the Tribunal that the reference cited by the Deputy relates to cases where a person has made an application but subsequently has not responded to such correspondence from the Tribunal.  I understand that these cases are not deemed closed but the Tribunal is not in a position to determine whether an award should be made under the scheme.  These and other aspects of the caseload are being considered as part of the assessment I have referred to and I will contact the Deputy again when this process has been completed.