Dáil Éireann - Volume 632 - 01 March, 2007

Written Answers. - Citizenship Applications.

Mr. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position in regard to a naturalisation application in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8214/07]

  Mr. McDowell: An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s question was received in the Citizenship Section of my Department on 22 August 2006.

[1667] The average processing time for applications for naturalisation for adults is approximately 30 months at the present time. However, I understand that the person concerned is a refugee. In accordance with the Government’s obligations under the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951, every effort is made to ensure that applications from persons with refugee status are dealt with as quickly as possible, having regard to the general volume of applications on hand. I will inform the Deputy and the person concerned when I have reached a decision on the application.