Citizenship through birth, descent and by naturalisation

In general, a person acquires Irish citizenship through one of the following ways:

  • By an entitlement to Irish citizenship for certain persons born in the island of Ireland;
  • Entitlement by descent if one of his/her parents was an Irish citizen at the time of the person's birth;
  • By naturalisation at the absolute discretion of the Minister for Justice and Equality.

Detailed information on Irish Citizenship and Naturalisation can found by clicking on Irish Citizenship through birth, descent and by Naturalisation.

Residency Checker

You can use the online Naturalisation Residency Calculator as a guide to whether you satisfy the naturalisation residency conditions and, if you don't, give an indication of how long you should wait before making an application.

Many applications that are processed are deemed ineligible as the applicant did not have the required residency at time of application.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship Ceremonies in 2016 have been held on:

  • 4 March in Waterford.
  • 26 April in Dublin.

The next day of Citizenship Ceremonies is scheduled for sometime in Autumn 2016. Details will be published here when confirmed.

Contact Citizenship

Telephone from within Ireland: 1890 252 854 (LoCall from landlines) or 062 32500
Telephone from outside Ireland: +353 62 32500

Telephone lines are open 10:00 to 12:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, excluding public holidays. (Note: Rates for LoCall 1890 may increase from a mobile phone.)