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The law governing citizenship in Ireland is set out in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended and other relevant Regulations.

Legislation & Statutory Instruments

Reference version of 1956 Act

Citizenship Division has created an informal, consolidated version of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 for reference.

This incorporates all amendments from subsequent legislation.

Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 Reference version

Public notice

A notice will be published in the official journal Iris Óifigiúil stating that you have been granted a Certificate of Naturalisation. This notice will include your:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Date of your Certificate of Naturalisation

  • Whether you are an adult (aged 18 and over) or a minor

These notices are required to be published by law and are mandatory. There are no exemptions.

Data Privacy Notice

The EU General Data Protection Regulation entered into effect on 25 May 2018. The purpose for which Citizenship Division uses personal data provided to it by applicants, and the rights of applicants with regard to that data, are explained in the Privacy Notice which can be viewed by clicking on the button below.

Click here to view the Citizenship Data Privacy Notice

If you have questions, please contact the Citizenship team.