Saturday 24 March 2018

A great day for the new Irish

Genna Patterson

AFGHANS Kawoos Bakshi and his wife Basira had one special stop to make after she received her citizenship – the post office, so she could apply for her first Irish passport.

She received the certificate at a special ceremony along with 4,400 other new Irish citizens, who hail from 160 countries, at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter jokingly pleaded with the new citizens not to descend en masse on post offices after the ceremony was over.

"It was just a destiny that we came here, but it's great to be part of the society," Mr Bakshi said after the emotional occasion.

Mr Bakshi, his mother Bibi, and his four-year-old daughter Hajar waited to congratulate his wife outside the hall. His own application is not processed yet but he is "delighted" for his wife. He added the family would celebrate at their favourite Iranian restaurant before returning home to Castleknock, west Dublin.

The Bakshi family attended the first in a series of four ceremonies held yesterday, where Mr Shatter asked the newest members of the "Irish family" to congratulate each other by shaking hands.

Irish Independent

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