Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1935

Issue of certificate of naturalisation to a minor.

7.—(1) The Minister may at any time, if in his absolute discretion he thinks proper so to do on account of the Irish descent or Irish associations of a person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years and having regard to the other circumstances of the case, issue to such person a certificate of naturalisation notwithstanding that such person has not attained the said age, and whether such person does or does not comply with the conditions which are by virtue of this Act conditions precedent to the grant to him of a certificate of naturalisation.

(2) A certificate of naturalisation shall be issued under this section only on the application, in the prescribed form and manner, of a parent or guardian of the person to whom such certificate is intended to relate.

(3) A person to whom a certificate of naturalisation has been issued under this section may, within one year after attaining the age of twenty-one years, make and lodge with the Minister in the prescribed form and manner a declaration of alienage, and thereupon such person shall cease to be a citizen of Saorstát Eireann.