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Citizenship Applications

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 February 2022

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Ceisteanna (614)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

614. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice the number of applications that have been made by persons wishing to renounce their Irish citizenship from 2012 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8363/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The table below sets out the number of applications that have been made by people wishing to renounce their Irish citizenship within the period sought by the Deputy.

Year

Number of people that renounced Irish Citizenship

2012

32

2013

38

2014

33

2015

40

2016

42

2017

38

2018

51

2019

48

2020

29

2021

48

The Loss of Citizenship is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.

Section 21 (1) of the 1956 Act provides that if an Irish citizen of full age is or is about to become a citizen of another country and for that reason desires to renounce their Irish citizenship, they may do so, if ordinarily resident outside the State, by lodging a declaration of alienage with the Minister using Form 13. Upon lodgment of the declaration or, if they are not already a citizen of that country, upon becoming one, the person shall cease to be an Irish citizen.

Under Section 21 (2) an Irish citizen may not, except with the consent of the Minister, renounce Irish citizenship under this section during a time of war as defined in Article 28.3.3 of the Constitution.

Any person wishing to wishing to voluntarily renounce their Irish citizenship should complete Form 13 and return it to:

Citizenship Declarations

Immigration Service Delivery

Department of Justice

Rosanna Road

Tipperary Town

E34 N566

Further information and the Form 13 is available on my Department's website at: www.irishimmigration.ie/how-to-become-a-citizen/renounce-or-reacquire-irish-citizenship/

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