High Court ruling on Irish citizenship requirements slammed as “absurd”

A local TD has slammed a controversial High Court ruling on Irish citizenship requirements as “absurd” in a globalised world.

Deputy Martin Kenny has also called for Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to urgently appeal the judgement.

Sinn Fein’s Justice spokesperson made his comments after a judge ruled that people seeking Irish citizenship must be continuously present in Ireland for a year.

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Legal analysts say the decision suggests that even being out of the country for a single day would be enough to derail an application for citizenship.

Deputy Kenny said the ruling would be an impossibility for people living near the border, some of whom live and work on different sides.

He claimed the judgement was a strict interpretation of the law, while he hopes the Justice Minister is preparing to go to the Supreme Court urgently to appeal it.