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Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 153.  Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the position regarding an application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7294/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question 509 on 7th February, 2012. The position remains as stated.

Reply to Parliamentary Question 509 of 7th February, 2012:

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in April, 2010.

The application is at an advanced stage of processing. The person concerned will be informed of my decision on her application in due course.

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 INIS 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 from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

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