Minister says he is prohibited from releasing information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersexed refugees applying to reside in State

‘It is an offence to identify a person that has applied for international protection in Ireland.’

Sligo News File

Asked by a TD if he had received requests to accommodate members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual and Intersexed from the Chechen Republic, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan replied that he was prohibited from supplying the information.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

He said in a written reply: “I am obliged by law to keep information on asylum applicants confidential and it is an offence to identify a person that has applied for international protection in Ireland. It is in that context that I cannot provide the information sought by the Deputy as it could potentially lead to the identification of protection applicants.

“If an application for asylum or subsidiary protection has been made in the State, for confidentiality reasons it is not the practice to comment on such applications.”