There were some 64 people working in the citizenship department going through thousands of applications. Let’s not forget annual leave, sick leave, and two who take calls every Tues & Thurs. Honestly not easy for them.
In a wee bit of a conundrum here:
I had to travel as a grandparent was unwell and subsequently passed after I got there. Country subsequently went into lockdown and international airspace closed. I’m waiting for things to reopen and my IRP expired in July 2020. I’ll need to apply for a visa. Wrote to the GNIB office in my city (outside Dublin) and have an appointment for late Jan 2021 (earliest available!).
To add to this, I’ve been at the advanced stage of my citizenship application and my FOI request shows they had everything they needed in December/Jan but my file wasn’t submitted to be signed off.
God alone knows where this is going to work! Bizarre epoch indeed. Now that we’re in autumn with winter approaching, influenza is truly going to hit with covid and we’re bound to see something much worse from late December to March next year. (Physician here.). Again, God alone knows what’s going to happen. I wonder if they’d let me take part in an e-ceremony if things move along quickly.