Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956
F30[Naturalisation of spouses of Irish citizens.
F31[15A.— (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 15, the Minister may, in his or her absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation to the non-national spouse or civil partner of an Irish citizen if satisfied that the applicant—
(a) is of full age,
(b) is of good character,
(c) and that citizen—
(i) are married to each other, have been married to each other for a period of not less than 3 years, and are living together, as attested to by affidavit submitted by the citizen to the Minister in the prescribed form, or
(ii) are civil partners of each other, have been civil partners of each other for a period of not less than 3 years, and are living together, as attested to by affidavit submitted by the citizen to the Minister in the prescribed form,
(d) is, in the case of a spouse, in a marriage recognised under the laws of the State as subsisting,
(e) had, immediately before the date of the application, a period of one year’s continuous residence in the island of Ireland,
(f) had, during the 4 years immediately preceding that period, a total residence in the island of Ireland amounting to 2 years,
(g) intends in good faith to continue to reside in the island of Ireland after naturalisation, and
(h) 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 Minister may, in his or her absolute discretion, waive the conditions at paragraph (c), (e), (f) or (g) of subsection (1) or any of them if satisfied that the applicant would suffer serious consequences in respect of his or her bodily integrity or liberty if not granted Irish citizenship.
(3) Paragraph (g) of subsection (1) shall not apply to an applicant for a certificate of naturalisation to whom subsection (4) applies.
(4) Any period of residence outside the island of Ireland, during which—
(a) the applicant for a certificate of naturalisation to which this section applies was—
(i) married to and living with his or her spouse, or
(ii) in a civil partnership with and living with his or her civil partner,
(b) the applicant’s spouse or, as the case may be, civil partner was in the public service, shall be reckoned as a period of residence in the island of Ireland for the purposes of calculating—
(i) continuous residence under paragraph (e) of subsection (1), or
(ii) total residence under paragraph (f) of that subsection.]]
Inserted (30.11.2002) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2001 (15/2001), s. 5, S.I. No. 128 of 2002.
Substituted (2.08.2011) by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (23/2011), s. 33(c), commenced on enactment.
The section title is taken from the amending section in absence of one included in the amendment.
Previous affecting provision: subss. (3), (4) inserted (1.01.2005) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004 (38/2004), s. 9, S.I. No. 873 of 2004; section substituted as per F-note above.