Written answers

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Citizenship Applications

2:30 pm

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 496: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48559/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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A valid application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in March 2008 and I decided in my absolute discretion not to grant a certificate of naturalisation, based on all of the information available to me. The person concerned was informed of this decision in a letter issued to her on 8 September, 2010. There is no appeals process under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, however it is open to the person in question to lodge a new application for a certificate of naturalisation with the Citizenship Division of my Department at any time.

I should remind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual Immigration cases may be made direct to INIS by Email using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive Parliamentary Questions process.

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