119. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if residency credits to date in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 are sufficient to facilitate eligibility for a naturalisation application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16150/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's question, who currently has permission to reside in the State until 26 February, 2016.
It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended. The INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie provides detailed information on Irish Citizenship and Naturalisation and includes an on-line Naturalisation Residency Calculator which individuals can use as a guide as to whether they satisfy the naturalisation residency conditions and, if not, give an indication of how long they should wait before making an application.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS 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 INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.