293. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding long-term residency-eligibility to apply for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3428/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation has been received from the person referred to by the Deputy, who currently has permission to reside in the State until 6 May, 2015.
The application is being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence. A letter was issued to the solicitor of the person concerned on 16 September 2014 and a reminder issued on 22 January 2015 requesting certain information. Upon receipt of the requested information the case will be processed further and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.
The Deputy may wish to note that 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 established specifically 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.