83. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if and when family reunification will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40754/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application for family reunification in respect of the person referred to is currently being processed and a decision is expected to issue shortly. All applications received are dealt with in chronological order by the Family Reunification section.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been established specifically 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.