All smiles as 3,300 new citizens are welcomed
ALMOST 3,300 people officially became Irish after a ceremony in Dublin yesterday.
Minister of State with responsibility for new communities, Aodhain O'Riordan, told the thousands of immigrants who had gathered with their families that it was "an important day in the story of your life and it is also an important day for Ireland".
"In becoming our newest Irish citizens it is important that you become a vital member of your community and share your experiences, your skills, your customs and culture to enrich the fabric of the Irish nation," he said.
"In this way we can ensure that we are a truly enriched and integrated republic."
Among the new Irish citizens were David and Margaret Woloszyk - originialy from Gdansk, Poland but living in Tyrrellstown with their daughter Olivia (6).
Juliana Ilesanni and Oloade Sobajo, both originally from Nigeria and now living in Tallaght were also delighted to become Irish citizens.
There were four ceremonies in which 3,275 applicants for a certificate of naturalisation - originally hailing from as many as 126 different countries.
A total of 96 of these ceremonies have been held since they were first introduced in June 2011, and the number of people receiving citizenship since this Government came to power has now exceeded 77,000.