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Citizenship Applications.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 17 February 2010

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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Dan Neville

Ceist:

129 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if an application for naturalisation will be prioritised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8219/10]

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

All valid applications are dealt with in chronological order as this is deemed to be the fairest to all applicants. The average processing time from application to decision is now at 26 months. More complicated cases can at times take more than the current average, while an element of straight forward cases can be dealt with in less than that timescale. Additional resources have been allocated to the Citizenship Division of my Department in order to reduce backlogs and provide a better quality service to all applicants. This has had a positive impact on processing times and has enabled certain categories of applicant to be dealt with more expeditiously. These include refugees, spouses of Irish citizens and minors.

The length of time taken to process each application should not be classified as a delay, as the length of time taken for any application to be decided is purely a function of the time taken to carry out necessary checks. There is a limit to the reduction in the processing time that can be achieved as applications for naturalisation must be processed in a way which preserves the necessary checks and balances to ensure that it is not undervalued and is only given to persons who genuinely satisfy the necessary qualifying criteria.

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