Sunday September 20, 2020

Thirty-month backlog in citizenship procedures

The Government has ordered a major review into the procedures for granting Irish citizenships to foreigners, following the discovery of a 30-month backlog in dealing with each application.

1st September, 2007

The Government has ordered a major review into the procedures for granting Irish citizenships to foreigners, following the discovery of a 30-month backlog in dealing with each application.

Figures obtained by The Sunday Business Post show there are 15,000 people on the waiting list for naturalisation, a process whereby foreigners living in Ireland can obtain Irish citizenship.

The main reason for the delay is the significant increase in the number of people applying for naturalisation in...

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