Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (269, 270)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

269. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps that have been taken to reform the process for applications for naturalisation in view of the recent judgments of the Supreme Court (details supplied) of 31 May 2019 in respect of the failure to provide reasons for the refusal of an application for naturalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47551/19]

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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

270. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps that have been taken to put in place an enhanced process for the consideration of applications for naturalisation as directed by the Supreme Court (details supplied) in judgments delivered on 31 May 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47552/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 269 and 270 together.

I wish to inform the Deputy that I am carefully considering the findings of the court and any attendant implications for the consideration of similar applications.

My Department has sought legal advice on this complex matter and is currently considering the options for an alternative or ‘enhanced’ process for naturalisation in appropriate cases.

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 as well as international level. It is therefore important that appropriate procedures are in place to ensure that the integrity of the regime for granting Irish citizenship through the naturalisation process is held in high regard both at home and internationally.