PQ: Naturalisation Applications (Revoked)

Tue, May 28, 2013

524. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of citizens per year, in each of the years from 2002 until 2012 inclusive, who have renounced their Irish citizenship, by declaration of alienage or otherwise; the broad reasons for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

525. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of citizens per year, for each of the years from 2002 until 2012 inclusive, who have had their Certificate of Naturalisation revoked by him; the broad reasons for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 524 and 525 together.

Under the provisions of Section 21 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956 as substituted by Section 7 of the 1986 Act, an Irish citizen of full age who is or is about to become a citizen of another country and is ordinarily resident outside the State, may renounce their Irish citizenship by lodging with me a declaration of alienage in the prescribed manner to that effect. Declarations of alienage are accepted where evidence is provided of acquisition of another citizenship or in a case where another citizenship is already held, cessation of Irish citizenship is effected from date of a declaration. The numbers of those who submitted such a Declaration for the years 2002 to 2012 are 37, 38, 25, 33, 17, 27, 14, 32, 24, 30 and 32 respectively.

Section 19 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended provides that the Minister may revoke a certificate of naturalisation in certain circumstances principally related to procurement of citizenship by fraud, if the person has lived permanently abroad for a period of 7 years (and not registered with an embassy or consular office abroad) or has acquired citizenship in another country except by way of marriage or entry into a civil partnership. I can inform the Deputy that for the period involved there have been no cases where a Certificate of Naturalisation has been revoked by either myself or my predecessors.

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