Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (167)

Jackie Cahill


167. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which an Irish citizen who is due to marry a Filipino citizen in the Philippines fulfils the person's obligations under the CENOMAR rules; the office here in which the person can process a CENOMAR application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13619/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through its Consular offices in Dublin and Cork and through its network of missions abroad, may issue a civil letter of freedom to Irish citizens getting married abroad. It is important to note that this is not an Irish requirement, but is based on the requirements of the country where the marriage will take place. Each country has its own requirements governing marriage and I would advise Irish citizens who plan to marry abroad to contact the civil registration office in the country of marriage to ensure that they are fully informed of all requirements.

In this instance I would advise the citizen involved to lodge an application for a civil letter of freedom to my Department. Applications should be submitted at least four months ahead of the date of marriage. The application process consists of an online questionnaire, which can be found on the Department’s website, and the submission of certain documentation as required. For those living abroad, applications can be submitted to the nearest Embassy or Consular office to where the citizen is residing. For citizens living in Ireland applications should be submitted by registered post to our offices in Cork or Dublin at the contact details listed. My officials will be happy to answer any further questions and can be contacted in Cork or in Dublin as outlined below.

Consular Services,

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

1A South Mall,


Tel: 021 494 4763 (10am – 1pm)

Consular Section,

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Marriages Abroad Section,

80. St. Stephen's Green,

Dublin D02 VY53

Tel: 01 408 2523 (10am – 12pm)

Questions Nos. 168 and 169 answered with Question No. 142.