Dáil Éireann - Volume 647 - 19 February, 2008

Written Answers. - Citizenship Applications.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when an application for naturalisation will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [6575/08]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: 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 in August 2007.

Officials in that section are currently processing applications received in July 2005 and have approximately 14,400 applications on hand to be dealt with before that of the person concerned. These are generally dealt with in chronological order as this is deemed to be the fairest to all applicants. It is likely, therefore, that further processing of the applications will commence in early 2010.

I will inform the Deputy and the person in question when I have reached a decision on the matter.