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290. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice when it will be possible for persons (details supplied) to apply for naturalisation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51956/21]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): It is open to the parent of the child referred to by the Deputy to make an application for a certificate of naturalisation on behalf of their minor child once they are satisfied that they meet the statutory residence criteria.
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 can only be made after an application is received.
Section 15 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 sets out the conditions for the grant of a certificate of naturalisation conferring Irish citizenship on a minor born in the State. One of the conditions for naturalisation is that the applicant must have had one year’s continuous residence in the State immediately before the date of the application and 4 years residence during the 8 years preceding that.
Detailed information on Irish citizenship and naturalisation, along with the relevant application forms and guidance notes, is available on the Irish Immigration website at: www.irishimmigration.ie/how-to-become-a-citizen/.