Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Departmental Correspondence

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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530. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he received correspondence from this Deputy relating to an issue (details supplied) sent on 30 May 2022; and if a response will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32813/22]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy's correspondence has been received and will be responded to shortly. I will also outline here the current situation regarding the application in question.

The Department of Foreign Affairs issues a Letter of Freedom to Marry or, ‘Certificat de Coutume’, to facilitate Irish citizens who intend to get married abroad. This is not an Irish requirement but may be a requirement of the country where an applicant wishes to wed. The requirements governing marriage can differ in each country and all applicants are asked to check with the civil registration office in the country of marriage before application.

As there are legal requirements and implications in marriage, all applications undergo due diligence checks - which is why people are required to submit their applications and supporting documentation at least four months in advance of the intended date of marriage.

The application referred to by the Deputy was a late application and is still being processed. The applicant will be contacted by the Department’s Marriages Abroad Unit with a decision as soon as all necessary checks are complete.


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