Written answers

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Citizenship Applications

8:00 pm

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 467: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the situation regarding an application for naturalisation by a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [22669/07]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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An application for a certificate of naturalisation was received in the Citizenship Section of this Department in August 2005.

Officials in that Section inform me that processing of the application has commenced and the file will be submitted to me for a decision in the near future.

I will inform the Deputy of the outcome at that time.

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 468: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the application for Irish citizenship through naturalisation of persons (details supplied) in County Cork; and when a decision is due to be made. [22773/07]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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Applications for certificates of naturalisation from the persons referred to in the Deputy's Question were received in the Citizenship Section of my Department in February 2004.

Officials in that section inform me that letters requesting further documentation have been sent to the applicants on 22 June 2006 and further letters were issued on 28 April 2007 and 29 September 2007. To date, no reply has been received. However, it appears that the applicants changed address since lodging their applications, but did not inform officials of the Citizenship Section of this change. A letter has now been issued to the persons concerned at the address provided by the Deputy in this Parliamentary Question. Further processing of the applications will commence once the documentation requested has been received.

I will inform the Deputy when a decision has been reached on the case.

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