236. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to amend the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 to allow non-birth Irish mothers who are registered as parents in their country of residence to apply for an Irish passport on behalf of their child; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10757/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that there are no immediate plans to amend the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956.
The administration of the foreign birth register, as set out in Section 27 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, is a matter for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
I am aware that questions have been raised with regard to clarifying the entitlement to an Irish passport of children born abroad to same sex couples, one of whom is an Irish citizen. My Department is currently examining these issues and is engaging with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with a view to clarifying the position in this complex area.