511. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when he expects a decision on an immigration appeal by persons (details supplied) to be processed; if it will be expedited in view of the seriousness of the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25083/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an appeal in respect of both applications was received on the 16 May 2018. The applications were made under the terms of 2004/38/EC Directive (Free Movement) on the rights of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of Member States. An appeals officer will examine the applications and give full consideration to all the information made available in the original application and in the appeal.
Appeals are generally processed in chronological order (i.e. based on date order of receipt) and while every effort is made to process them as soon as possible, processing times will vary having regard to the volume, their complexity, the possible need to investigate, enquire into, or seek further information in relation to certain applications, and the resources available. Unfortunately, I cannot therefore give a definitive date at this time as to when these appeals will be finalised.
The applicants will be notified in writing as soon as a decision has been reached.
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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.
In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to INIS (