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Citizenship Applications

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Questions (1287)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

1287. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Justice the way that an American citizen who was born to Irish parents can apply for Irish citizenship; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20318/22]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Entitlement to Irish citizenship is determined by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, under which Irish citizenship may be obtained either by birth, by descent, or by way of naturalisation.

The requirements for foreign births registration are set out in section 27 of the Act. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) manages the application process for these applications.

A person born outside of Ireland with a parent who was also born outside Ireland and a grandparent who was born in Ireland may become an Irish citizen by way of registration in the Foreign Births Register, maintained by DFA. People who are registered on the Foreign Births Register are automatically Irish citizens and do not need to apply for naturalisation. Further information for citizenship by descent can be found on the DFA website: www.dfa.ie.

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