Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (288)

Mary Upton

Question:

374 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding an application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 for a passport. [6524/04]

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

The issue of Irish passports is a matter for my colleague, Deputy Brian Cowen, Minister for Foreign Affairs. However, prior to obtaining an Irish passport, a non-national must first become an Irish citizen. On the assumption that the person concerned is not entitled to Irish citizenship by birth in Ireland or through his or her antecedents, it would be necessary for him or her to apply for Irish citizenship.

I have been informed by officials in the citizenship section of my Department that there is no record of an application for Irish citizenship having been received from the person concerned and without further details, I am unable to advise the Deputy if the person concerned is eligible to make an application. If the Deputy wishes to contact my departmental office with further details, I will arrange for my officials to assist her in whatever way they can. Alternatively, the person concerned can contact the citizenship section of my Department directly at Lo-call 1890 551 500 or 01-616 7700 each Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.