Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (102)

Marc MacSharry


102. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the case of an adopted child (details supplied) in County Leitrim will be reviewed. [24937/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

All passport applications are subject to the provisions of the Passports Act 2008. The Act provides, among other things, that a person must be an Irish citizen before a passport can be issued to him/her. In order to meet this requirement, each person must demonstrate an entitlement to Irish citizenship by providing acceptable documentary evidence of this entitlement.

Irish citizenship is governed by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, which is under the auspices of the Department of Justice and Equality. Citizenship may be obtained in a number of ways, including by birth, descent, naturalisation and adoption. Section 11 of the 1956 Act provides for citizenship of adopted children.

If a person, who is not already an Irish citizen, has been adopted by an Irish citizen, and that adoption was effected abroad, that person may be entitled to Irish citizenship subject to the adoption complying with the requirements for recognition under Irish law. In such instances, if the adoptive parent is an Irish citizen who was born abroad, it is not a requirement to have the adoptee to be registered on the Foreign Birth register.

The Passport Service will review any passport application submitted by a person adopted by an Irish citizen in accordance with the above provisions. Additional supporting documentation, including the applicant’s inter-country adoption certificate, may be requested in support of the application.

The Passport Service has made contact directly with the family in this case in order to arrange submission of the application.