Minister Fitzgerald attends 100th Citizenship Ceremony

· Processing time for citizenship applications dramatically reduced from 31 months in 2011 to less than 6 months today

· More than 59,000 people attend 100 Citizenship Ceremonies since June 2011

Friday 23 January 2015

In June 2011 the first Citizenship Ceremony was held in Ireland. Today a milestone was reached when the one hundredth citizenship ceremony took place.

Minister Fitzgerald stated: “These citizenship ceremonies recognise the importance of a person being granted Irish citizenship, and provide the sense of an uplifting occasion and celebration. The ceremonies represent a major positive force in our national immigrant integration efforts and I look forward to their continuing success.”

Minister Fitzgerald recalled: “When this Government came into office in March 2011 there was a backlog of over 22,000 citizenship applications. The Government has dealt comprehensively with that huge backlog of citizenship applications. Currently, despite a significant increase in valid application volumes in the intervening period, the processing time for the vast majority of standard applications has been reduced from 31 months to less than 6 months.”

The first citizenship ceremony, which was held in Dublin Castle, was attended by 73 candidates for citizenship and their guests. Since then citizenship ceremonies have been held in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Templemore and Tipperary. Today, the total number of people who have been granted Irish citizenship at a citizenship ceremony since their introduction in June 2011 has reached more than 59,000.

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