Irish Citizenship Under Good Friday Agreement

[1] See for example: « Good Friday agreement `undermined` by Home Office, Irish World, 4 March 2019. The Constitution of the Irish Free State has granted citizenship to all those living in the territory of the Irish Free State: the naturalisation of a foreigner as an Irish citizen is a discretionary power of the Irish Minister for Justice. Naturalization is granted on the basis of a number of criteria, including good character, residence in the State and intention to remain in the State. The conference will take the form of regular and frequent meetings between the British and Irish ministers to promote cooperation between the two governments at all levels. On issues that are not left to Northern Ireland, the Irish Government may present positions and proposals. All decisions of the Conference shall be taken by mutual agreement between the two Governments and the two Governments agree to make determined efforts to resolve disputes between them. Ireland previously had a much less watered-down application of jus soli (the right to citizenship of the country of birth), which still applies to all those born on or before 31 December 2004. Although the applicable law was adopted in 2001, it applied on 2 December 29, 1999[29] and provided that anyone born on the island of Ireland was as follows: Emma DeSouza, an immigration and civil rights activist from Northern Ireland, claimed that changes to immigration rules could create « two stages » of sedentary status of Irish nationals: those who do not have Irish nationality and can apply for sedentary status, and those with dual British/Irish nationality who do not have the right to do so. She was involved in a dispute with the Ministry of the Interior and you will find more information in section 3 of this briefing.

Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. As stipulated in the Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Irish Government recognise the birthright of all citizens of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British or both, depending on the choice. and confirm, accordingly, that their right to both British and Irish nationality is accepted by both Governments and that it would not be affected by a future change in the status of Northern Ireland. When it was replaced by the Irish Constitution, any person who obtained citizenship of the Irish Free State under the provisions of the previous Constitution became an Irish citizen. Article 9 of the Irish Constitution states that future « acquisition and loss » or Irish citizenship would be in accordance with the law. the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) or Belfast Agreement (in Irish: Comhaontú Aoine à Chéasta or Comhaontú Bhéal Feirste); Ulster-Scots: Guid Friday Greeance or Bilfawst Greeance), [1] is a set of agreements signed on 10 April 1998 that ended most of the violence of the Troubles, a political conflict in Northern Ireland that had emerged since the late 1960s. . .

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