Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Citizenship Applications

9:00 pm

Photo of Alan FarrellAlan Farrell (Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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Question 535: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9754/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as amended provides that the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation provided certain statutory conditions are fulfilled.

I am advised that an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in April, 2009 and my predecessor, in his absolute discretion, decided to refuse the application. The person concerned was informed of this and the reasons for it in a letter issued on 16th December, 2010. There is no provision under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, for appeal in relation to an application for a certificate of naturalisation.

However, the person concerned may make a new application to INIS at any time.

The granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

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