Answered on June 11, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who have been deported from the State each year in the past four years.
Reply from Minister Alan Shatter: The number of persons removed from the State on foot of Deportation Orders made under Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 in respect of 2010 was 343; 280 persons were removed in 2011, 303 were removed in 2012 and 57 were removed by the end of the first quarter 2013.
In addition, people are refused entry into the State at airports and other ports of entry for various reasons.The number of persons removed under this category together with other persons who were transferred under the Dublin Regulation to the EU member state in which they first claimed asylum and EU nationals who were returned to their countries of origin on foot of an EU Removal Order totalled 2,876 in respect of 2010, 2,719 in respect of of 2011, 2,364 in respect of 2012 and 459 by the end of the first quarter 2013.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.