Wednesday 24 January 2018

Shatter's policy shift on families to be welcomed

THE major shift in government policy following Justice Minister Alan Shatter's case review of legislation governing non-Irish parents of Irish citizens heralds a new departure in how the Department of Justice marries both its equality and justice remit.

New Communities welcomes the statement from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence on the implication of the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice in the now infamous case of Ruiz Zambrano.

In choosing to review all decisions pending in court, Mr Shatter has indicated he does not want to tie up the courts unnecessarily nor to keep eligible families waiting longer than necessary. This is a marked departure from the practice of the past administration.

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