Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (266)

Joe O'Brien

Ceist:

266. Deputy Joe O'Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of a naturalisation application by a person (details supplied). [52643/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I can confirm that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 31 December 2018. This application is currently being processed with a view to establishing whether the conditions for naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, are satisfied. On completion of the necessary processing the application will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.

As the Deputy will appreciate, 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 level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.