Amendments to the Irish Naturalisation and Citizenship Acts 1956 to 2004 provided for in the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011
Part 10 Section 33 of the Act provides for the following amendments:
- That civil partners will receive the same treatment as married couples in the context of citizenship matters. This means that civil partners of Irish citizens will now only need three years reckonable residency to apply for Naturalisation. Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of the partnership and will still have to comply with the other requirements for Naturalisation i.e. be of good character, self-sufficient etc. Brophy Solicitors welcomes this legislation, which brings equality in the processing of Naturalisation applications between spouses and partners of an Irish citizen.
- That the citizenship ceremonies take place in a manner prescribed by the Minister. Until recently a person granted citizenship took an oath before a District Court Judge and the new citizen subsequently received their Certificate of Naturalisation by post. Howover a pilot ceremony took place in Dublin Castle on 24th June where Justice Bryan McMahon, retired judge of the High Court, assumed the role of presiding officer. At this ceremony new citizens recited a declaration of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State. It is hoped that similar ceremonies will be run throughout the country in future.
- That the Minister will prescribe the fees for applications for Naturalisation. The current fee is €950.