Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (138)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

136 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if a decision has been made on this person's application of December 2002 for naturalisation; if this person will be entitled to an Irish passport in the event of being granted naturalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2554/04]

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

An application for naturalisation by the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the citizenship section of my Department on 24 April 2003.

The average processing time for applications for naturalisation is approximately 15 to 18 months at this point in time. Consequently, it is likely that the application of the person concerned will be finalised in the latter half of this year. If the application is successful and the person concerned is granted a certificate of naturalisation, he will be entitled to apply for an Irish passport.

As soon as I have reached a decision on the matter I will inform both the applicant and the Deputy of the outcome.