Many more people became Irish citizens in 2017 through the process of applying to register as an Irish citizen in the “Foreign Births Register” based on descent. The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs recently announced that the number of persons successfully obtaining citizenship by descent more than doubled in 2017, with over 17,500 entered on the Foreign Births Register to date.
Any person who has a grandparent who was born in Ireland is eligible to apply to register as an Irish citizen in the Foreign Births Register. Sometimes this process can present significant hurdles for an applicant, for example, where inconsistent details are recorded on old birth, marriage or death records which are required to support an application, or where no birth certificate is available for a grandparent.
We frequently advise clients on whether these difficulties are likely to be overcome in each particular case. If you have any queries regarding your eligibility to become an Irish citizen based on descent or residence in the State, or if you would like assistance with your application, we can advise you.
If you are thinking of engaging a lawyer, why not contact us today to see if we can assist? Any of our solicitors will be delighted to speak with you without obligation.