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A child being rescued on to Irish Navy vessel LÉ Eithne, off the coast of Libya last month

Further to the news that a baby girl was born on LÉ Niamh on July 22,…

It would be an appropriate and generous gesture to offer Irish citizenship to the mother of the baby girl Destiny, who was born in the LÉ Niamh on July 22nd. The nation is justly proud of what our Naval Service is doing in the Mediterranean, and the birth of a baby on board the Niamh is a powerful and much-needed symbol of a new world of peace and hope. It also symbolises how a small nation can play a healing role in a world that so often distresses and discourages us by its violence and the sheer scale of its cruelties and injustices.

The circumstances of Destiny’s birth are too compelling a symbol to be buried in the sort of red tape that normally characterises applications for asylum. The offer should dispense with all the formalities that normally precede citizenship. Destiny’s mother, together with her baby, could be singled out and given a place of honour in any ceremony that celebrates the creation of new citizens.

She will have to be found and graciously offered Irish citizenship. She may of course decline the offer, but at least a generous gesture will have been made in an age when hostility to foreigners is not as uncommon as one might wish.

Gabriel Daly
Dublin 16.

Citizenship and mother of Destiny (Irish Times letters)

Related: Baby girl born on LÉ Niamh after rescue operation (RTE)


Anna writes:

I’m trying to help a friend with his citizenship application. He submitted it months ago but has heard nothing back. We tried to submit a parliamentary question about it but were advised to email the INIS [Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service] instead.

But then the INIS on its website says

“The following divisions of INIS can only be contacted by letter or telephone helpline as they do not operate an email service…”  (via gov.ie)

The minister says in dozens of answers to parliamentary questions on applications for naturalisation:

“Queries in relation to the status of individual Immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information by way ….” (via oireachtas.ie)