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The Common travel arrangements establish that Irish Citizens have a special legal status in the UK (from the briefing announcement of October 2019, see link below):-
“Irish nationals have a special status in UK law which is separate to and pre-dates the rights they have as EU citizens.
In short, the Republic of Ireland is not considered to be a ‘foreign country’ for the purpose of UK laws, and Irish citizens are not considered to be ‘aliens’. Furthermore, Irish citizens are treated as if they have permanent immigration permission to remain in the UK from the date they take up ‘ordinary residence’ here.”
Irish citizens can apply for naturalisation rather than registration after five years residence. This is three years if married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen. An Irish citizen who naturalised as a British citizen may retain Irish citizenship.
You can apply for British Naturalisation after 5 years stay in the UK.
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