Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956

F16[Citizenship by descent.

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7.—(1) A person is an Irish citizen from birth if at the time of his or her birth either parent was an Irish citizen or would if alive have been an Irish citizen.

(2) The fact that the parent from whom a person derives citizenship had not at the time of the person's birth done an act referred to in section 6(2)(a) shall not of itself exclude a person from the operation of subsection (1).

(3) Subsection (1) shall not confer Irish citizenship on a person born outside the island of Ireland if the parent through whom he or she derives citizenship was also born outside the island of Ireland unless—

(a) that person's birth is registered under section 27, or

(b) the parent through whom that person derives citizenship was at the time of that person's birth abroad in the public service:

Provided that the Irish citizenship of a person who, after 1 July, 1986, is registered under section 27 shall commence only as on and from the date of such registration.

F17[(3A) A person to whom paragraph (b) of subsection (3) applies shall be deemed to have been born on the island of Ireland for the purposes of that subsection.]

(4) Nothing in this section shall confer Irish citizenship on a person not an Irish citizen immediately before its coming into operation, nor deprive of Irish citizenship a person who immediately before its coming into operation was an Irish citizen.]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F16

Substituted (2.12.1999) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2001 (15/2001), s. 3(1), commenced as per s. 9(3).

F17

Inserted (13.12.2017) by Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017 (33/2017), s. 9(c), commenced on enactment.

Editorial Notes:

E17

Previous affecting provision: subs. (2) amended (1.07.1986) by Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1986 (23/1986), s. 2, commenced on enactment; section repealed as per F-note above.