Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Questions (630)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

630. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the current and-or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3776/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

An application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 21 May 2018. On 26 February 2019, a letter was sent from the Citizenship Division of the Immigration Service of my department to the person concerned and the status of the application for naturalisation remains as outlined in this letter.

The granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Question process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in the cases where the response is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.