More than 200 asylum seekers who have spent five years or more waiting for their status to be determined, have been granted leave to remain so far this year.
This figure is more than the number of asylum seekers who were granted that status in the whole of last year.
Figures obtained by RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke programme show that 864 orders were made up to 26 October this year, compared with 633 in 2014.
While no amnesty was publicly announced, Minister for State at the Department of Justice Aodhán Ó Ríordáin confirmed the accuracy of the figures and said that “effectively we [the Department] have been implementing the recommendation in the working group”.
He said that “that decision will be formalised and people will have a proper official recognition that that is the approach from here on.”