De facto partners of Irish Citizens to benefit from pre-clearance

The Irish Independent report that non-European de facto partners of Irish Citizens will soon be able to use pre-clearance to apply for a permission to live in Ireland. At the moment the process is to submit an application once the de facto partner arrives in country and the processing time can be from 6-12 months. For immigration purposes a person may be considered the De Facto Partner, opposite or same sex, of another person if: they have a mutual commitment to a shared life