Thursday, 10 February 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
201. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will take steps to have an application by persons (details supplied) for citizenship immediately adjudicated upon; if he has received correspondence from these persons of 24 January 2005; if this matter will be processed without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4323/05]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Applications for certificates of naturalisation from the persons referred to by the Deputy were received in the citizenship section of my Department on 7 July 2004. The average processing time for such applications is currently 24 months. As outlined in the previous parliamentary question relating to this matter, which was answered on 2 November, cases are normally dealt with in chronological order and this practice would not be deviated from except in exceptional circumstances.
I have been informed by my officials that there is no record of receipt of the correspondence detailed by the Deputy. When correspondence is received it will be dealt with at the earliest opportunity.
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