Statement from Minister Flanagan on the decision of the Court of Appeal re citizenship applications
While the full judgement will need to be studied in its entirety over the coming days, I very much welcome today’s decision of the Court of Appeal with regard to citizenship applications.
I understand that, for applicants, their families and their friends, the past few months will have been quite stressful. Today, the Court has provided legal clarity, and upheld the lawfulness of our residency rules governing citizenship through naturalisation.
As I stated on various occasions since July, the processing of applications has continued. I have now asked my officials to do everything possible to organise a Citizenship Ceremony to take place in December. Further ceremonies will take place early in 2020.
I want to assure applicants that my Department will provide at least 4 weeks’ notice in advance of ceremonies to allow applicants to make any necessary arrangements. Details will be published on the Department of Justice and Equality website over the coming weeks.