Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (238)

Bríd Smith

Question:

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.