Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (183)

Aindrias Moynihan


183. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will, when enacted, grant citizenship rights to a person (details supplied). [4720/18]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As outlined to the Deputy in my response to Parliamentary Questions No. 29 of 23 January, this is a highly complex area.  Entitlement to Irish citizenship is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.  Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, which provide for parentage through donor-assisted reproduction, are to be commenced in due course by my colleague the Minister for Health.  

Each application for citizenship is determined on the full facts of the case taking into account the relevant legislation in force at that particular time. It would not be appropriate for me to predict the outcome of any individual case in advance of any legislative change and until such time as my officials have had the opportunity to examine the facts of each case including the legislation prevailing at that time.