The state has spent €8.5million on deportations in the last 10 years, new figures have shown.

Of over 10,600 deportations issues in the last decade, just 18 per cent have been carried out, data released by Justice Minister Helen McEntee shows. She confirmed the figures following a parliamentary question from Sinn Fein ’s justice spokesman Pa Daly.

However, Ms McEntee said the figures for how many deportations have been effected does not take into account those who have left the State without informing the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

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Mr Daly asked for the number of deportations ordered and completed from 2013 and the associated costs. He also queried how many Garda hours were required to complete a deportation, but Ms McEntee told him that it is not possible to estimate this as “as each case is individual with different sets of circumstances, including destination and route required”.

Minister McEntee confirmed between 2013 and to date in 2023, the total costs associated with deportations was €8.5million.

The spend in 2023 so far has been €387,131. In 2022, it was €467,289. To date in 2023, 829 orders have been issued, with 65 effected to date. This compares to just 271 orders issued in 2022. However, last year there were 118 orders effected.

The highest number of orders was in 2019 with 2,009 orders. There were 163 orders effected.

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