536. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 671 of 11 September 2017 and 568 of 7 November 2017, the number of type 2 and 2A visas issued by An Garda Síochána in the north Dublin Garda division in those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13579/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Garda Commissioner that Section 9, of the Immigration Act 2004, states, all non-EEA nationals must register at their local registration district office when intending to reside in the State for more than three months. The Registration District Office for the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) is located at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.
I am further advised that the information provided for registration is recorded on the Garda National Immigration Bureau Information System (GNIB IS). However, unlike the Garda PULSE System, there is no separate categorisation of DMR Garda Districts/Stations on GNIB IS; therefore, each person is recorded as residing in the DMR only.
Consequently, the figures requested in relation to the number of Type 2 and 2A visas issued in the North Dublin Garda Division are not readily available. Moreover, the process of retrieving same would require all Type 2 and type 2A registrations processed at the Registration District Office, 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 to be individually examined to ascertain what Garda Division the respective address provided refers to. The number of such registrations is significant, totalling in excess of 200,000, and could only be obtained through a disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and limited resources relative to the information sought.