1478. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice her plans to amend the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 to alter the requirement for a person to register on the foreign births register before the next generation’s birth in order to avail of Irish citizenship; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20189/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): Entitlement to Irish citizenship is determined by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended, under which Irish citizenship may be obtained by birth, by descent, or by naturalisation.
The requirements for foreign births registration are set out in section 27 of the Act, and are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs. That Department manages the application process for those applications. Further details are available on their website at: www.dfa.ie .
However, any changes or amendments to the 1956 Act are a matter for my Department. While all legislation is kept under review, I can inform the Deputy that currently there are no plans to amend the applicable rules regarding the registration of foreign births.