I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that applications for a certificate of naturalisation were received from the persons referred to by the Deputy in October, 2010.
Section 15 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, provides that the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant a certificate of naturalisation provided certain statutory conditions are fulfilled. One such condition is that the applicant intends in good faith to continue to reside in the State after naturalisation.
As the persons referred to by the Deputy swore on their application forms that they did not intend to reside in the State after naturalisation, it was considered that they did not comply with this condition. Consequently, the applications were deemed ineligible.
Further applications were submitted by the persons referred to in April 2012. As the required application fees were not included with the application forms, they were returned in their entirety to the applicants. To date no new applications have been received from any of the persons referred to.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.