96. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of illegal Irish immigrants in the US; if discussions have taken place with the US authorities in regard to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31130/16 asked on 19 Oct 2016 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Achieving relief for undocumented Irish migrants in the US and agreement on a facility for future legal migration between Ireland and the US remain key objectives for the Government. Our Embassy in Washington and Consulates elsewhere in the US are very active in advocating for immigration reform, while the issue is also regularly addressed in high level political contacts between Ireland and the US Government.
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139. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide assistance to persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16248/16 asked on 15 Jun 2016 - Consular Services Provision)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am aware of this tragic case, and wish to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of this young man. I also wish to assure them of the continued support and assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our Embassy in Vietnam.
My Department has been providing consular assistance to the family of the Irish citizen in question through our Embassy in Hanoi and the Consular Assistance Unit in Dublin, and is in ...

351. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the waiting times for issuing renewals and new applications for passports; how he is ensuring they are kept within the published guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11482/16 asked on 24 May 2016 - Passport Applications)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As of 20 May, the turnaround time for passport renewals through Passport Express is 13/14 working days (applicants are advised that the projected turnaround time is 15 working days). The turnaround time for first time applications is longer at 25 working days due to the additional anti-fraud measures required and the need to establish citizenship.
Applications made for Irish passports from outside the jurisdiction can take up to ...