Refugee Act 1996

“Programme refugees”.

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24. (1) In this section “ a programme refugee” means a person to whom leave to enter and remain in the State for temporary protection or resettlement as part of a group of persons has been given by the Government and whose name is entered in a register established and maintained by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, whether or not such person is a refugee within the meaning of the definition of “ refugee” in section 2 .

(2) A programme refugee shall, during such period as he or she is entitled to remain in the State pursuant to leave given by the Government, be entitled to the rights and privileges specified in section 3 .

(3) Subject to subsection (4), the Minister may, on application in writing in that behalf and on payment to the Minister of such fee (if any) as may be prescribed with the consent of the Minister for Finance, issue to a programme refugee a travel document identifying the holder thereof as a programme refugee.

(4) The Minister may, in the interest of national security or public policy (“ ordre public”), refuse to issue a travel document.

(5) A travel document shall be in such form as may be prescribed or in a form to the like effect.

(6) A person who applies to the Minister for a travel document under this section shall furnish to the Minister such information (if any) as the Minister may reasonably require for the purpose of his or her functions under this section.

F66 [ (7) ( a ) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, enter into agreements with the High Commissioner for the reception and resettlement in the State of refugees. ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F66

Inserted (15.09.2003) by Immigration Act 2003 (26/2003), s. 7(m), S.I. No. 415 of 2003.

Modifications (not altering text):

C11

Functions transferred and references to “Department of Finance” and “Minister for Finance” construed (29.07.2011) by Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011), arts. 2, 3, 5 and sch. 1 part 2, in effect as per art. 1(2), subject to transitional provisions in arts. 6-9.

2. (1) The administration and business in connection with the performance of any functions transferred by this Order are transferred to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

(2) References to the Department of Finance contained in any Act or instrument made thereunder and relating to the administration and business transferred by paragraph (1) shall, on and after the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

3. The functions conferred on the Minister for Finance by or under the provisions of —

(a) the enactments specified in Schedule 1, and

(b) the statutory instruments specified in Schedule 2,

are transferred to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

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5. References to the Minister for Finance contained in any Act or instrument under an Act and relating to any functions transferred by this Order shall, from the commencement of this Order, be construed as references to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

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Schedule 1

Enactments

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Part 2

1922 to 2011 Enactments

Number and Year

Short Title

Provision

(1)

(2)

(3)

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No. 17 of 1996

Refugee Act 1996

Sections 4(1), 18(6) and 24(3); Schedule, paragraph 9, Second Schedule, paragraphs 1(b), 5 and 8(3)

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Editorial Notes:

E50

Power pursuant to section exercised (1.08.2011) by Refugee Act 1996 (Travel Document and Fee) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 404 of 2011), in effect as per reg. 1(2).

E51

Previous affecting provision: power pursuant to subs. (5) exercised (20.11.2000) by Refugee Act, 1996 (Travel Document) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 347 of 2000), in effect as per reg. 1(2); revoked (1.08.2011) by Refugee Act 1996 (Travel Document and Fee) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 404 of 2011), reg. 5, in effect as per reg. 1(2).