Dr Fangzhe Qiu spoke to Fachtna Ó Drisceoil on Tús Áite ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta about the application himself and his wife Lijing Peng made to become Irish citizens through Irish and the delay that followed.
Dr. Fangzhe and his wife are originally from China wanted to apply for Irish citizenship, as Gaeilge as they wanted to show their support for the language.
Last September, Dr Fangzhe, a fluent Irish speaker, tried to download the Irish language version of the application form from the Department of Justice website to find there was no Irish language version available.
Upon request, the Department of Justice sent Dr. Fangzhe and his wife the form as Gaeilge. They filled it in as Gaeilge and sent it back to the Department. In March of this year, the Department of Justice replied exclusively in English to Dr. Fangzhe and his wife to inform them they had filled in the incorrect form.
Following complaints made by Dr. Fangzhe and his wife, the Department of Justice wrote to Dr. Fangzhe and his wife apologising for their error and promised the Irish language form would be made available on the website 'soon'.
Tús Áite requested a statement from the Department of Justice on the current status and were informed the Department of Justice are still working on getting an Irish language version of the form for Irish citizenship on the website.
Craoltar Tús Áite ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ón Luan go hAoine, ar a 5.