Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Justice and Equality

Citizenship Applications

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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117. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of a citizenship application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43883/19]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the Immigration Service of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 22 Feburary 2019. Processing of this application is ongoing, with a view to establishing whether the conditions for naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, are satisfied.   I understand that this application is in the final stages of processing and will be submitted to me in due course. 

As the Deputy will appreciate, 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 the Immigration Service of my Department 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 the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.


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