Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956

Conditions for issue of certificate.

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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).]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F25

Substituted (1.07.1986) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1986 (23/1986), s. 4, commenced on enactment.

F26

Substituted (1.01.2005) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004 (38/2004), s. 8(a), S.I. No. 873 of 2004.

F27

Substituted (2.08.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 33(b)(i), commenced on enactment.

F28

Inserted (1.01.2005) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004 (38/2004), s. 8(b), S.I. No. 873 of 2004.

F29

Inserted (2.08.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 33(b)(ii), commenced on enactment.