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575. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 275 of 9 December 2014, the reason a visa application by a person (details supplied) was refused; and if the application will be reconsidered in view of this eligibility and other family member support. [14096/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to was refused on appeal, and the reasons were outlined to the applicant.   
The position remains as indicated previously, and receipt of a disability allowance does not preclude a person from being an eligible sponsor. However, financial capacity is just one of the considerations when making a determination on a family reunification application. This consideration includes the joint capacity of both the sponsor and the applicant to support the applicant without undue recourse to public funds or resources. As with any visa application, all such applications are considered on their own merits having regard to the information provided and individual circumstances involved. 
It is open to the applicant to submit a fresh visa application at any time.  However, they should bear in mind the reasons for refusal and address them in any new application. 
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 the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.