An estimated 1,000 married couples face what is being described by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland as a “legal fiasco” following a High Court ruling that the Department of Justice is within its rights to insist non-EU spouses of EU citizens live in another member state before being allowed to live and work here.
The European Commission is investigating the stance of the department, it has emerged.
In an unpublished ruling, seen by The Irish Times, Mr Justice Michael Hanna said the Department of Justice was intra vires in demanding that non-EU spouses of EU citizens reside legally in another member state before being eligible for residency here.
This is a big deal for Ireland. 10 % of its population are non-Irish. So it is more than 1000 couples that are influenced by this. We probably know 10 couples already - but that is working for very international companies.
Nevertheless, some media coverage is better than no media coverage.