Ghandi Nawaf Mallak was given no reason for the refusal, the court found.
Mr Mallak and his wife came here in 2002 and both secured asylum. Both later applied for a certificate of naturalisation as part of the process of seeking citizenship.
Mr Mallak's first application was refused on grounds he was not resident here long enough and he applied again in December 2005.
Almost three years later, in November 2008, the Minister for Justice refused the application without saying why.
Mr Mallak's wife secured citizenship.
DART vandal (15) sentenced
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who helped carry out an act of vandalism at a DART station has been sentenced to 12 months' probation.
The boy pleaded guilty yesterday at the Children's Court to criminally damaging a window at Harmonstown DART station last February. He also admitted that in October last year, he had a sat-nav system, which had been stolen earlier from a car, in his possession.
Judge Ann Ryan heard that the boy helped cause about €500 worth of damages when he swung a bike at a window at the station.
Ex-Nazi guard in US appeal
AN ex-Nazi concentration camp guard who lived in the US for more than 50 years has taken his fight against deportation to the nation's highest immigration court.
The Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Virginia, heard the appeal from Anton Geiser (88) of Sharon, Pennsylvania, who was an SS guard in the Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald camps and became a US citizen in 1962.
Man admits US 'revenge' attack
A MAN has pleaded guilty to plotting to attack a Seattle military office with machine guns and grenades as revenge for atrocities by US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (35) agreed to a prison sentence between 17 and 19 years after admitting to conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.