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Monday 17 December 2018

'Brexit was the catalyst,' say UK nationals on becoming Irish

New citizen: David Bacon, originally from Frinton on Sea in England, now living in Co Offaly, with wife Aisling Bacon after the citizenship ceremony. Photo: Steve Humphreys
New citizen: David Bacon, originally from Frinton on Sea in England, now living in Co Offaly, with wife Aisling Bacon after the citizenship ceremony. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Britons becoming citizens here have said that Brexit was one of the main reasons they decided to finally become Irish.

A total of 480 people from 68 countries, among them 47 Britons, took part in a citizenship ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin yesterday.

Among them was David Bacon, who arrived in Ireland nearly 15 years ago and who lives in Co Offaly with his Irish wife Aisling.

He told the Irish Independent: "I've always intended to apply for citizenship, but Brexit definitely was the catalyst."

Jacqueline Brennan, who has been living in Carlow for 25 years, said: "I've been intending on officially becoming an Irish citizen for years, but I felt so appalled by the outcome of the referendum that I decided to do it once and for all."

At the citizenship ceremony yesterday, Poland, Britain and Romania topped the list of the nationalities taking part.

Irish Independent

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