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FAQs: Irish Citizenship

Freedom of movement is integral to Lush as a business, allowing us to put the right people in the right positions regardless of nationality and forge equal relationships with suppliers in remote areas of the world.​

  1.  I am a British citizen and I am entitled to Irish citizenship, what are the benefits of applying for an Irish passport?

According to statistics, one in four British citizens in the UK have a claim to Irish nationality through ancestry. If you qualify, you can become a dual Irish and British national. It means that even after Brexit you will still be regarded as an EEA national. As an Irish EEA national you can benefit under the European Freedom of Movement; even after Brexit you can travel to and settle in another EEA member state.

  1. My father was born in Ireland. Do I have a claim to Irish nationality?

If either of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland, then you are automatically an Irish citizen, irrespective of your place of birth. If you are an Irish citizen, you can apply for an Irish passport. You do not need an Irish passport in order to be an Irish citizen but having an Irish passport is evidence that you are an Irish citizen.

  1. I was born outside Ireland and my Irish father was born outside Ireland too. Am I entitled to Irish citizenship?

Yes, if one of your grandparents is an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland, but neither of your parents was born in Ireland, you may become an Irish citizen. You will need to have your birth registered in the Foreign Births Register.

  1. What kind of documents do I need to apply?

You need to include personal details about yourself and your family in your application to confirm that you’re entitled to Irish citizenship. Original documents must be submitted in all cases – photocopies or laminates are not accepted. Original copies of Irish civil records can be obtained at www.Certificates.ie.

  1. Is there a list of documents I need to provide?

Yes, here is a current list of the documents you need to submit:

Your details:

  • Original long-form civil birth certificate (plus photocopy).

  • Original civil marriage certificate (if married). Church certificates are not acceptable (plus photocopy).

  • Original divorce decree (final) if divorced, and current civil marriage certificate (if remarried) (plus photocopy).

  • Deed poll (if you’ve changed your name). Original must be submitted and must have been valid for at least two years (plus photocopy). Three documents showing proof of usage in the newly acquired name, e.g. bank statements, utility bills that are at least two years old must also accompany the deed poll.

  • Certified/notarized copy of current passport or identity document (e.g. driver's licence).

  • If over 18 years: Two separate documents showing proof of residence, e.g. phone bill, gas/electricity bill.

  • If under 18 years: A school report/doctor’s letter showing proof of residence of applicant and two separate proofs of residence for the applying Irish parent.

Your parent’s details (through whom you’re claiming citizenship)

  • Original long-form civil birth certificate (plus photocopy).

  • Original civil marriage certificate (if married). Church certificates are not acceptable (plus photocopy).

  • Original divorce decree (final) if divorced and current civil marriage certificate (if remarried) (plus photocopy).

  • Declaration of alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship).

  • Certified/notarized copy of current passport or identity document (e.g. driver’s licence).

  • Original death certificate if deceased (plus photocopy).

  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name). Original must be submitted and must have been valid for at least two years. Three documents showing proof of usage in the newly acquired name - e.g. bank statements, utility bills that are at least two years old must also accompany the deed poll.

Your Irish-born grandparent’s details

  • Original long form civil birth certificate (plus photocopy).

  • Original civil marriage certificate (if married). Church certificates are not acceptable (plus photocopy).

  • Original divorce decree (final) if divorced and current civil marriage certificate (if remarried) (plus photocopy).

  • Declaration of alienage (if they ever renounced their Irish citizenship).

  • Certified/notarized copy of current passport or identity document (e.g. driver's licence).

  • Original death certificate if deceased (plus photocopy).

  • Deed poll (if they ever changed their name). Original must be submitted and must have been valid for at least two years (plus photocopy). Two documents showing proof of usage in the newly acquired name - e.g. Bank statements, utility bills that are at least two years old must also accompany the deed poll.

  1. How much does it cost to apply for Irish citizenship?

Over 18 years of age

  • Registration plus certificate: €270

  • Non-refundable postage and handling fee: €8

  • Total: €278

Under 18 years of age

  • Registration plus certificate: €145

  • Non-refundable postage and handling fee: €8

  • Total: €153

To find out more, see the Irish passport flowchart.

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