Application open to anybody with Irish ancestor
Published 21/09/2011 | 05:00
The idea for the certificates originated over two years ago and received support at the last forum in Farmleigh in 2009.
FEXCO, a company in Killorglin, Co Kerry, will manage applications and issue certificates -- with www.heritagecertificate.ie going live at the end of this month.
Each certificate costs €40 and applications are open only to people not born on the island of Ireland. Those who wish to obtain one will be asked to provide documentary evidence of a specific Irish ancestor.
The document will have no legal, political, economic or commercial benefit, but is about officially recognising someone's connection to Ireland.
At current estimates, more than 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry.
The certificates will be actively promoted through embassies and consulates, as well as through Irish-American organisations in the US.