Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (546)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

546. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31551/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy was received in the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in January, 2010 and I decided to refuse the application. The person concerned was informed of this and the reasons for it in a letter issued on 7 August, 2012.

The Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as amended, provides that the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation provided certain statutory conditions are fulfilled. One such condition is that I must be satisfied that the applicant is of good character.

There is no record of a new application having been submitted by the person concerned.

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.