Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Wednesday, 13 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 600 No. 2

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  232.  Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   if, in the interests of fairness, he will reconsider his decision retroactively to apply the three-year residency requirement for refugees applying for Irish citizenship to those whose applications were made but not finally determined prior to May 2004. [11473/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  There has been no change in policy regarding the determination of applications for naturalisation from persons who have applied for or been granted a declaration under the provisions of section 17 of the Refugee Act 1996. Persons who have been granted refugee [952]status have a statutory entitlement to reside in the State regardless of whether they are Irish citizens.


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