November 18, 2019
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REVEALED: Number of new Irish citizens living in Kilkenny

By COLIN BARTLEY

JUST four out of 670 people from 50 countries across the world who were made Irish citizens last week are living in Kilkenny.

They officially became citizens of Ireland during a a naturalisation ceremony at the Waterford Institute of Technology Arena.

Minister of State John Halligan addressed the new citizens, telling them: “Our doors are open to all peoples from all over the world.

“Ireland is a place of diversity, openness, warmth, and welcome. The Government is committed to respecting all traditions on this island equally.”

The citizenship ceremony was presided over by retired High Court judge Bryan McMahon. He told those gathered that more than 120,000 people from 161 countries have become Irish citizens since the State began holding naturalisation ceremonies in 2011.

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