Limerick gains almost 400 new citizens in conferring ceremony

Maria Medina, originally from Venezuela after receiving her citizenship at the citizenship ceremonies at the INEC, Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo: Eamon Ward

LIMERICK has gained 370 new citizens this past week out of a total of over 4,800 people conferred with Irish citizenship.

At the ceremony in County Kerry, people from over 138 countries received their Irish citizenship.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee said that “citizenship ceremonies are wonderful celebration.

“I would like to warmly congratulate all those who have chosen to become a citizen of this nation and thank them for their significant contribution to our culture, economy and society.”

The new citizens were administered the Declaration of Fidelity to the Irish Nation and Loyalty to the State by retired Justice Mary Irvine and Justice Paddy McMahon.

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The highest number of new citizens came from India with 995, followed by the United Kingdom (416) and Brazil (294).