Citizenship ruling requires urgent action – O’Callaghan

Published on: 18 July 2019

Fianna Fáil’s Justice and Equality Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan TD has said the recent High Court decision requiring applicants for Irish citizenship to have an unbroken residency in the State for one year before the date of their application needs to be responded to promptly by government.

“There are many people affected by this decision who now are wondering what impact it will have on their citizenship applications. Either the Minister should introduce amending legislation or the decision should be appealed”, said Deputy O’Callaghan.

“In my view, we require legislation to amend the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 so that the reference to “one year’s continuous residence” immediately before the date of the application is changed to take account of the fact that applicants will on many occasions be out of the State for a couple of weeks each year.

“Many Irish residents who have applied for Irish citizenship are required to travel with their work. If it is the case that they are out of the country for one day in the year prior to making their application for citizenship, then their application must fail according to the recent decision of the High Court.

“There are very many people affected by this decision and the Minister needs to act promptly to introduce amending legislation. If the Minister doesn’t do so, Fianna Fáil will”, said Deputy O’Callaghan.

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