Citizenship law

Bill to give children born in Ireland citizenship sooner moves forward

Children born in Ireland to parents who are not Irish citizens will be able to gain Irish citizenship sooner under legislative plans announced today.

Published 8 June 2021

Hundreds gave up British citizenship to take advantage of family migration rules

Hundreds of people in Northern Ireland renounced their British citizenship from 2012 to 2020 to take advantage of more favourable family migration rules for those with only Irish citizenship, data suggests.

Published 22 April 2021

Around 1,200 people become citizens through temporary process

Around 1,200 people have received Irish citizenship since a new temporary citizenship process was established 10 weeks ago.

Published 12 April 2021

Children born in Ireland to receive citizenship sooner

Children born in Ireland to parents who are not Irish citizens will be able to gain Irish citizenship sooner under new government plans.

Published 24 March 2021

Legislation required before revocation of citizenship can take place again

New legislation will have to be passed by the Oireachtas before any naturalised Irish citizens can be stripped of their citizenship following a Supreme Court ruling.

Published 11 February 2021

Supreme Court urged to strike down citizenship revocation regime in full

Ireland's human rights watchdog has urged the Supreme Court to strike down the law on revocation of citizenship in its entirety.

Published 21 January 2021

Covid-19: Temporary citizenship system opens

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has today opened a temporary system which will enable citizenship applicants to complete their naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty.

Published 18 January 2021

Government may back bill allowing children born in Ireland to receive citizenship

Proposed legislation to allow children who were born in Ireland and have lived in the State for three years to be considered for Irish citizenship may receive government backing.

Published 3 December 2020

Senator Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here

Senator Ivana Bacik, a qualified barrister and legal academic, makes the case for the government to support the Labour Party's Citizenship Bill.

Published 24 November 2020

Supreme Court: Current citizenship revocation regime unconstitutional

The Supreme Court has held that the current statutory procedure for the revocation of naturalised citizenship is unconstitutional.

Published 16 October 2020

Process of revoking Irish citizenship ruled unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that the existing procedure to revoke Irish citizenship from people who acquire Irish nationality is unconstitutional.

Published 14 October 2020

Retired judge to rule on disclosure in citizenship applications refused on national security grounds

Retired judge Mr Justice John Hedigan has been appointed to make decisions on whether or not to disclose information relied upon in citizenship applications refused because of national security concerns.

Published 1 October 2020

UK Supreme Court to consider Shamima Begum appeal next month

The UK Supreme Court will consider next month whether Shamima Begum should be allowed to enter the UK to take part in her appeal over the decision to deprive her of her British citizenship.

Published 1 October 2020

Call for 'good character' requirement in citizenship laws to be clarified

Irish citizenship laws should be amended to clarify the requirement for applicants to be of "good character", a law lecturer has said.

Published 27 August 2020

Amended family migration rules come into effect

New immigration rules allowing for family members of people in Northern Ireland to apply for status under the EU settlement scheme have come into force.

Published 24 August 2020