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558. Deputy Ivana Bacik asked the Minister for Justice if matters raised in correspondence (details supplied) relating to naturalisation requirements with regard to sexuality will be examined. [43696/21]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): The granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.  All applications for a certificate of naturalisation are processed and assessed individually in accordance with the provisions of the Act.  A determination on whether an applicant satisfies the statutory criteria attendant to naturalisation can only be made after an application is received. 
Post nuptial citizenship was repealed with effect from 30 November 2005.  Therefore, there are no provisions for the spouse or partner of an Irish citizen to acquire Irish citizenship solely by virtue of a marriage or civil partnership.
The Commencement Order for the Marriage Act 2015 was signed on 10 November 2015, which brought the provisions of the Marriage Act 2015 into effect from 16 November 2015. In line with general legal principles, the law does not have retrospective application.