Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Citizenship Status

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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432. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that had their citizenship and or naturalisation revoked and the reasons for same in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5575/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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I can advise the Deputy that the legal basis for revocation of citizenship is set-out in section 19 (1) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, which provides that the Minister may revoke a certificate of naturalisation if he is satisfied—

(a)that the issue of the certificate was procured by fraud, misrepresentation whether innocent or fraudulent, or concealment of material facts or circumstances, or

(b)that the person to whom it was granted has, by any overt act, shown himself to have failed in his duty of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State, or

(c)that (except in the case of a certificate of naturalisation which is issued to a person of Irish descent or associations) the person to whom it is granted has been ordinarily resident outside the State or, in the case of an application for a certificate of naturalisation granted under section 15A, resident outside the island of Ireland (otherwise than in the public service) for a continuous period of seven years and without reasonable excuse has not during that period registered annually in the prescribed manner his name and a declaration of his intention to retain Irish citizenship with an Irish diplomatic mission or consular office or with the Minister, or

(d)that the person to whom it is granted is also, under the law of a country at war with the State, a citizen of that country, or

(e)that the person to whom it is granted has by any voluntary act, other than marriage or entry into a civil partnership, acquired another citizenship. 

For the period referred to by the Deputy, a total of five revocations have taken place arising from voluntary revocation or information coming to light regarding identity. 

A Committee of Enquiry into Revocations has been established to consider individual cases under the Act and make recommendations to me for final decision.

There have been seven hearings by the Committee of Enquiry into Revocations and seven reports issued for eight applicants since the initial formation of the committee in 2014 and the first hearing in December 2018.

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