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1. The change in surname will not complicate matters in applying for Irish citizenship. However, your stepdaughter will have to get a copy of the Deed Poll where her father changed his surname if her surname is ***** ***** name. This is to show a clear line from her grandfather, through her father to her, so that she may claim Irish citizenship. Essentially, if this changed name is ***** ***** stepdaughter's Birth Certificate, she will have to show how she got that name.
2. There is a Register of Deed Polls in both Ireland and England. In England, it is held in the Royal Courts of Justice and in Ireland, it is held in the Central Office of the High Court in the Four Courts. Your stepdaughter will essentially have to seach in the Register of Deed Polls.
3. Yes, if it was not enrolled, then it won't turn up in a search. In that situation, you would have to get a copy from the individual concerned or from whoever worked on drafting the Deed Poll, such as a solicitor.
4. I don't know the answer to that question. You should speak with the Irish passport authorities if you reach this impasse.
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