Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956
Conditions for issue of certificate.
F25[15.—(1) Upon receipt of an application for a certificate of naturalisation, the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant the application, if satisfied that the applicant—
F26[(a) (i) is of full age, or
(ii) is a minor born in the State;]
(b) is of good character;
(c) has had a period of one year's continuous residence in the State immediately before the date of the application and, during the eight years immediately preceding that period, has had a total residence in the State amounting to four years;
(d) intends in good faith to continue to reside in the State after naturalisation; and
F27[(e) has, before a judge of the District Court in open court, in a citizenship ceremony or in such manner as the Minister, for special reasons, allows—
(i) made a declaration, in the prescribed manner, of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State, and
(ii) undertaken to faithfully observe the laws of the State and to respect its democratic values.]
(2) The conditions specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) of subsection (1) are referred to in this Act as conditions for naturalisation.]
F28[(3) In this section ‘applicant’ means, in relation to an application for a certificate of naturalisation by a minor, the parent or guardian of, or person who is in loco parentis to, the minor.]
F29[(4) In this section and section 15A, ‘citizenship ceremony’ means a ceremony, held before a judge, or a retired judge, of the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court or Supreme Court, or such other person as may be designated for that purpose by the Minister, at a place and in a form approved by the Minister, at which the applicant has made the declaration and undertaking referred to in subsection (1)(e) or section 15A(1)(h).]
Substituted (1.07.1986) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1986 (23/1986), s. 4, commenced on enactment.
Substituted (1.01.2005) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004 (38/2004), s. 8(a), S.I. No. 873 of 2004.
Substituted (2.08.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 33(b)(i), commenced on enactment.
Inserted (1.01.2005) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004 (38/2004), s. 8(b), S.I. No. 873 of 2004.
Inserted (2.08.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 33(b)(ii), commenced on enactment.