Thursday 23 May 2019

Forty four people in County Wexford receive Irish citizenship

Cathy Lee

A total of 44 people in County Wexford were awarded Irish citizenship at a national ceremony held in the Convention Centre Killarney, Co Kerry by the Department of Justice and Equality.

These were 15 people in Wexford Town, 13 people in New Ross, nine people in Gorey and seven in Enniscorthy.

The 2,400 new citizens across Ireland originally came from more than 90 countries, but the most popular countries were Poland, the UK, Romania and India.

A total of 406 people from Poland received citizenship, while 309 people from the UK became Irish citizens.

Those who received citizenship now have voting rights equal to those of all Irish citizens, and they will be able to vote once registered, in the upcoming referendum on divorce.

'The people of Ireland are committed to respecting all traditions on this island equally. This is about building a society where we all live in harmony while at the same time respecting our cultural or religious differences,' said Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan.

'We recognise that developing a greater understanding of our shared history, in all its diversity, is essential to developing greater understanding and building a shared future,' Minister Flanagan added.

Over 122,000 people have received Irish citizenship since 2011.

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