875. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Justice when a decision will be made on an application by a person (details supplied) for a certificate of naturalisation as they are now four years waiting on an outcome of their application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41628/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The application from the person referred to by the Deputy is currently being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.
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.
It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. However, the nature of the naturalisation process is such that, for a broad range of reasons, some cases will take longer than others to process. In some instances, completing the necessary checks can take a considerable period of time.
The applicant can contact the Citizenship Division of my Department at email@example.com for up to date information on their application.