Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (238)

Bríd Smith


238. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the new legislation necessary further to the recent Court of Appeal decision regarding residency criteria for citizenship applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51148/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I welcome the recent judgment which issued from the Court of Appeal and the certainty it brings to the Citizenship application process. My Department is currently undertaking an in-depth analysis of the judgement and is assessing the next steps.

Yesterday, my Department hosted a citizenship ceremony in Killarney where approximately 2,000 persons received their certificates of naturalisation. Further ceremonies will take place in early 2020 to ensure everyone who has made a successful application for citizenship has an opportunity to attend a ceremony at the earliest time possible.