349. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a reference number will be issued to an applicant for naturalisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23753/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 2 April 2019. An application reference number has been assigned to the file.
Processing of this application is on-going in order for a determination to be made as to the eligibility of the application. INIS will be in touch with the applicant in this regard in due course and the relevant application number will be supplied as part of the correspondence.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department 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 the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.