Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Almost 3,500 people became Irish citizens yesterday in Citizenship Ceremonies held in the Convention Centre in Dublin.
Minister Shatter spoke at the first ceremony welcoming the new citizens and thanking them for the contribution they had made to Irish society. He stressed that they were "becoming citizens of a republic, a constitutional democracy which recognises the personal rights of each of you as individuals and which greatly values inclusiveness, tolerance and diversity ".
Retired Judge Bryan McMahon presided over the morning ceremonies, and Retired Judge Declan Budd presided over the ceremonies in the afternoon.
RTE News at 9 o'clock covered the ceremonies, broadcasting brief interviews with several of the new citizens. You can view these interviews at the following link at 22 minutes in.
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