Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (736)

John McGuinness


858 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress regarding a submission made by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare regarding Irish citizenship; if he will expedite a response given the unusual circumstances of the case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1331/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

An application for a certificate of naturalisation by the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the citizenship section of my Department in September 2003. The average processing time for applications for naturalisation is approximately 15 to 18 months at present. Consequently, the application of the person concerned will be finalised in early 2005. As soon as I have reached a decision on the matter I will inform both the applicant and the Deputy of the outcome.