347. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent of outstanding information required of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 who has been awarded naturalisation, but for whom the process has not yet concluded; if further information is outstanding and if this will impede the process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7177/16]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that further consideration of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is well advanced and the application will be submitted to me for final decision as expeditiously as possible. No further information is required from the person concerned at this time.
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 I know the Deputy will appreciate that it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.
The Deputy may wish to note that 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.