As I informed the Deputy in my reply to Question No. 240 on 31 March last, the scheme for investment-based naturalisation was administered by my predecessors pursuant to their powers under section 16 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as inserted by section 5 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1986.
As I have said in the House on previous occasions, the exact criteria for naturalisation under the scheme varied over time. In practice, they appear to have centred, up to 1994, on acquisition of a residence in the State.
The records in my Department confirm that, of the 95 adults who applied in the period 1988 to 1994 and were subsequently naturalised, the vast majority, 83, purchased a residence in the State. Our records in the Department may not be completely exhaustive but I have put the Deputy in possession of the information I have in this matter.