Written answers

Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Citizenship Applications

12:00 pm

Photo of Willie PenroseWillie Penrose (Westmeath, Labour)
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Question 465: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when an application for Irish citizenship by naturalisation by a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be processed; if it can be expedited in view of the submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3219/04]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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An application for naturalisation by the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the citizenship section of my Department on 28 May 2003.

The average processing time for naturalisation is approximately 15 to 18 months at this point in time. Consequently, it is likely that the application of the person concerned will be finalised at the end of 2004. As soon as I have reached a decision on the matter I will inform both the applicant and the Deputy of the outcome.


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