486. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cases referred to the International Protection Office that have been granted residency or have had their cases overturned from previous decisions; the number of cases upheld on appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24721/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): On 31 December 2016, the International Protection Act 2015 was commenced, providing for the introduction of a single application procedure for people seeking international protection in the State. The 2015 Act replaces the previous sequential application system with a single application process, for asylum, subsidiary protection and permission to remain in the State, bringing Ireland into line with the processing arrangements applicable in other EU Member States.
With the commencement of the International Protection Act, the International Protection Office (IPO) and the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) were established for the processing of applications for international protection at first instance and for adjudicating appeals.
From the establishment of the IPO on 31 December 2016 until 31 May 2018, 1,313 applicants were granted protection status by the IPO. During that same period, some 156 grants were also made in respect of permission to remain by the IPO.
During the same period, the IPAT has issued 941 decisions. Of these 941 decisions, 699 relate to International Protection decisions including decisions issued under the various transition arrangements of the International Protection Act 2015. Of these 699 decisions, 539 were Refused/Affirmed and 160 were granted/set aside. Questions Nos. 487 and 488 answered with Question No. 483.