nordieapp wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:32 am
Thanks for replying Vorona. The reason I query if witnessing in NI is acceptable is because much of the original application used the term 'the state' interchangeably with 'the island of Ireland' and many application questions accepted 'the state' to encompass NI. Queries to the department to clarify it resulted in different responses at that time. That was 2 years ago.
We are almost at final hurdle and, given restrictions of pandemic, I was really hoping this ambiguity about NI/state/Island might also be the case. It would save a lot of hassle right now if same local witness was acceptable. If anyone has a definitive decision either way I'd be keen to hear. Thank you.
No worries. The word State has always been regarded as to the Republic of Ireland.
Northern Ireland may have special agreements with the State, but it is not considered as part of it. Therefore it must be a legal professional registered and active in the Republic.
You may try to cross to the Republic, but I would strongly advise not to. You can learn about potential consequences of being caught from the official resources.