Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (469)

James Bannon

Question:

469. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reasons for the delay in the processing of a citizenship application in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30595/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in August, 2012.

The application is at an advanced stage of processing and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible. The person concerned will be informed of my decision in due course.

As well as being a significant event in the life of its recipient, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation as provided for in law is also a major step for the State which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

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.