Written answers

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Citizenship Applications

9:00 pm

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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Question 118: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if the reduced naturalisation fee of €200 applies to the widows of naturalised Irish citizens as well as the widows of persons born with Irish citizenship; if not, the basis for the differential treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7013/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The fees in relation to Irish Nationality and Citizenship are set-out in Statutory Instrument No. 294/2008. This provides that where the application is made by a widow or widower whose spouse was, immediately before death, an Irish citizen, and who has not, subsequent to the spouse's death, become a naturalised citizen of a state other than this State, that a fee of €200.00 applies. I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that no distinction is made between the categories of persons referred to by the Deputy.


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