Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Ceisteanna (306, 307)

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Ceist:

447 Mr. Gogarty asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a decision will be made on the application for citizenship by naturalisation of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [25057/04]

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John McGuinness

Ceist:

454 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of an application for naturalisation in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if a decision in the case will be expedited. [25112/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 447 and 454 together.

An application for naturalisation from the person referred to was received in the citizenship section of my Department on 21 November 2002. Having considered this application, I decided not to grant a certificate of naturalisation. The individual concerned was informed of my decision in writing on 15 March 2004. A further application was received from the person referred to on 6 August 2004. The average processing time for an application for naturalisation is 24 months and, consequently, it is anticipated that the new application will be finalised around August 2006.