309. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if citizenship will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13245/20]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Helen McEntee): My Department has no record of receiving a current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy.
A previous application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person concerned on 28 September 2018. A letter was issued on the 22 October 2018 stating that the application was deemed ineligible due to the required criteria not being met at that time.
It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory conditions as prescribed in 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.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my Department 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 is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.