European ruling prompts Shatter to examine 120 immigration cases

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has ordered an examination of around 120 cases involving Irish citizens - whose parents are non-EU nationals - after a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has ordered an examination of around 120 cases involving Irish citizens - whose parents are non-EU nationals - after a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Two weeks ago, the ECJ found that a Member state could not deport the parents of a child with EU citizenship, or refuse them a work permit, as that would deprive the child of certain rights.

In a statement this afternoon, Minister Shatter said the decision would only apply here to children with Irish Citizenship.

Department of Justice officials will also examine cases in which the possibility of deportation is being considered in order to ascertain the number of cases in which there is an Irish citizen child and to which the ECJ judgment is relevant.

Consideration will also be given to those cases of Irish citizen children who have left the State because their parents were refused permission to remain.

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