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You can voluntarily renounce (give up) your Irish citizenship. If you previously renounced your citizenship you can apply to reacquire it, but only if you were born on the island of Ireland.

Renounce Irish Citizenship

You can renounce your citizenship if:

  • You are 18 or over

  • You live outside the State

Declaration

You must make a declaration of alienage to renounce Irish citizenship by completing Form 13.

Form 13

Reacquire Irish Citizenship

You can apply to reacquire Irish citizenship (if you renounced it) if you were born on the island of Ireland.

If you gained citizenship based on descent from your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents or through naturalisation, you cannot apply to reacquire citizenship after you renounce it. You should submit a new application for citizenship by naturalisation or citizenship based on descent.

Declaration

You must make a declaration of citizenship to reacquire Irish citizenship by completing Form 1.

Form 1
Make sure you use the most recently published version of each form when making an application. If you complete an old version of a form, it will be returned to you and you will have to start again.

The most recently published versions of each form always appear on this page.

If you have questions, please contact the Citizenship team.