According to the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Ireland, a non-Irish citizen born outside of Ireland is eligible to become an Irish citizen if:
- One of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or;
- One of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, even though they were not born in Ireland.
In my case, I have a grandparent born in Ireland, while my parent was born in the United States. Using the eligibility criteria above, it seems that I should be entitled to Irish citizenship. However, when attempting to apply, the third question on the portal asks, "Please indicate the citizenship category to which the applicant's PARENT belongs," with the following options:
- Born abroad to a parent born in Ireland
- Post nuptial declaration
- Foreign births registration
- Born abroad and adopted by an Irish citizen
Clearly none of these options are specific to the case of someone with only an Irish-born grandparent, as stated in the eligibility criteria.
Is a parent required to be registered through the foreign births registry in order to gain citizenship through descent via an Irish born grandparent?