Saturday 22 July 2017

Political Notebook: McGuinness's headstone, Shatter's legacy, Martin at the grave of a true Republican

 

Maria Navaed with her daughters Rannaya (7) and Sarina (5) at the citizenship ceremony Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Maria Navaed with her daughters Rannaya (7) and Sarina (5) at the citizenship ceremony Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

They may not be best buddies these days but, when he resigned as Justice Minister, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny paid tribute to the major reforms Alan Shatter introduced into Ireland's citizenship laws and his creation of a new citizenship ceremony.

This heart-warming ceremony may turn out to be one of Shatter's finer legacies. During his time as minister, 69,000 foreign nationals became Irish citizens. Last Friday, more than 3,000 new citizens were welcomed to what minister Finian McGrath described as "the Irish family". Since the introduction of citizenship ceremonies six years ago, more than 100,000 people from every continent, every region and more than 170 countries have become new citizens of Ireland.

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